These 16 Books Explain White Supremacy In The US

The Charlottesville rally has thrust white supremacy into headlines. These are the books, recommended by leading scholars, that will help you understand its history and effects.

Following the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, people looking to get informed about the history of systemic racism and white supremacy in the US are turning to reading lists.

For those looking to take a deep dive into these themes in social, political, and cultural landscapes, BuzzFeed News put together a list of books — with help, via email from the following experts:

- Carol Anderson, professor of African American studies at Emory University

- Nathan Connolly, professor of history at St. John's University and cohost of the podcast BackStory

- Shannon Sullivan, chair and professor of philosophy at UNC Charlotte

- Terrance MacMullan, professor of philosophy at Eastern Washington University

- Ian Haney López, professor of law at University of California, Berkeley

- Irene Nexica, writer and cultural critic

1. White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson

2. American Lynching by Ashraf H.A. Rushdy

3. Representation, edited by Stuart Hall, Jessica Evans, and Sam Nixon

5. Racism Without Racists by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

6. Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority by Tim Wise

8. When Affirmative Action Was White by Ira Katznelson

9. The Future of Whiteness by Linda Martín Alcoff

12. Habits of Whiteness by Terrance MacMullan

13. The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

14. The Making and Unmaking of Whiteness, edited by Birgit Brander Rasmussen, Irene Nexica, and Eric Klinenberg

15. White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism by Kevin Kruse

16. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates


A previous version of this post incorrectly labeled a photo of Kevin Decker as Terrance MacMullan.

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