Pick up your copy of an anti-racism book at Elliott Bay Book Company in Capitol Hill. (Credit: Elliott Bay Book Company)
Pick up your copy of an anti-racism book at Elliott Bay Book Company in Capitol Hill. (Credit: Elliott Bay Book Company)

When America elected a White Nationalist three years ago, we ramped up our work to better understand structural racism, Whiteness, and how unjust systems stay stubbornly in place. Do you want to explore why oppressive systems keep getting reproduced generation after generation, despite good intentions? Do you want to strengthen your own skills and courage in the fight for racial and economic justice in our city? Do you want to become a better ally to the racial justice leaders already at work challenging status quo inertia and building a more equitable future?

We can help you on that path. We have anti-racism books to give away. Thanks to Cary Moon and Mark Reddington for the donation and to Elliott Bay Books for making it happen.

These titles are all standouts in guiding our shared quest to become anti-racists. We are giving away 20 copies of each:

  • So You Want to Talk About Race, by Seattle superstar Ijeoma Oluo
  • Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America, by Michael Eric Dyson
  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo (another Seattle star)
  • How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi

The books are available now, reserved at Elliott Bay Book Company in Capitol Hill (map here). You can go pick up one book of your choosing from the front desk with the code ANTIRACIST SEATTLE. It’s free first come first served, as long as supplies last. These book copies aren’t doing any good unless people are reading them. Be one of those people.

Stay tuned for discussion groups in the new year; it’s better when we do this together, and work through blind spots and insecurities with one another.

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