West Seattle
Book Club

It is time to move from "not racist" to anti-racist, but what does that really mean?

Conversations about race and racism abound, as do book groups and social justice clubs. This group is specifically focused on what does it mean to be an anti-racist within a racist society.

West Seattle is brimming with progressives who want to engage in racial justice work, and yet many co-laborers of color lament the lack of analysis that is often brought to bear on this work. This book club aims to deepen the analysis of well-intentioned progressives, pushing us beyond being "not racist" and towards a deeper understanding of and commitment to being anti-racist.

Why three books at a time?

There are so many amazing resources out there about moving beyond a conversation about personal prejudice and toward a systems-based analysis of racism and white supremacy. These resources reference one another and amplify one another. Therefore, we will gather every three months to bring three books into conversation with one another.

The hope is that each participant will have closely read at least one of the selected books and will join in the discussion to lift up the relevant contributions that work makes. By doing this, we hope to deepen our understanding of what we have read by engaging it in conversation with other perspectives and ideas.

What will we read next time?

At our upcoming meeting, we will select a topic around which the group would like to learn more. Racism is an intersectional topic, and as such this book club can engage a myriad of issues through the lens of anti-racism.

Potential focus topics include:

- Criminal Justice Reform

- School to Prison Pipeline

- The Wars on Drugs, Crime, and Poverty

- Environmental Racism

- Colonialism (historical development)
- Neo-Colonialism and Global Market Capitalism
- Generational Poverty 

- The Case for Reparations for Slavery

- Psychology of Bias
- Microaggressions and Racial Stress

- Feminism and Womanism
- The Hype and Reality of Gun Violence
- The History and Future of Black Lives Matter

- The Growing Male Chauvenist/Patriot Movements

Ultimately, the selections will be drawn from the gathered body's collective interest. Our facilitator will bring extensive lists of resources for us to consider.

5th Tuesdays 7:00-8:30pm

Selections for October 29