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The best works on the subject

In Brazil, even though it is considered a crime according to Law No. 7.716/1989, racism is still an unfortunately, recurrent, and very important issue in society to put an end to this type of archaic and excessive differentiation. To understand more about anti-racist books and the importance of the topic and information, in our society, that help educate people.

We separate tips from books on the subject, which explain in detail fundamental points about types of racism, how inequality emerged and the importance of fighting it. Follow:

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Check out five anti-racist books you need to read

In everyday life, the fight against prejudice in general is still a current and very important agenda, and racism is just one of the many types of prejudice that still exists.

To help you understand this topic and also bring forms of collaboration, against this type of prejudice. There are books that can help a lot with research, understanding and combating inequality. See which are the main ones:

The Genocide of the Brazilian Black: Process of Masked Racism

This book is a work that portrays a little more of the “vision” that African descendants had of Brazil regarding that here was a country less prejudicedthan the United States, for example, leading to the encounter in the narrative that it was nothing more than a limited and innocent interpretation.

Throughout the book you will find important narratives about this thought, and understand the history in depth, that even after a long work of activism, the search for the rights of blacks in society, in history, there is still veiled prejudice, disguised as “acceptance”. The book even brings estimates that every 23 minutes a young black person is killed in Brazil, victims of prejudice.

In addition to important facts about how racism is structural, and is disguised even in large institutions.

The book costs around BRL 40 reaison the website of Amazon.

Small anti-racist manual

In this book, which is a true anti-racism guide, the activist and philosopher Djamila Ribeiro explains topics relevant to today from racism, whiteness, racial violence, blackness, culture, desires and affections.

She even goes into depth on the subject in an objective way, bringing up important reflections, such as “unraveling” the gaps that permeate these racist attitudes and that we often do not see, how it is impregnated in general society.

Djamila Ribeiro argues that anti-racist practice is urgent, important and fundamental, and takes place in everyday attitudes. And even more: it’s a fight for everyone.

The book only costs BRL 15.90, and it’s great for the beginning of anti-racism activism.

The unequal society: Racism and whiteness in the formation of Brazil

“Violent, authoritarian, elitist and mediocre. This is the unequal society.”

A great economist and professor Mario Theodoro demonstrates in his work, the centrality of the racial issue in the construction and development of Brazilian societyexplaining how racism worked and continues to work as an engine and organizing element of inequality in Brazil.

Mário Theodoro also points out the inability of scholars and the main economic theories to produce a study model that takes into account ― in a country with a black majority ― the preponderance of racism in the inequality of Brazilian society, and, as the author writes, “racism kills, imprisons, excludes, limits, drives people crazy”.

The unequal society has very important chapters such as:

  1. The challenge of studying racism as an organizing element of an unequal society
  2. Labor market, inequality and racism
  3. The role of education and health in the construction of inequality
  4. Quilombos, favelas, flooded areas, mocambos, stilt houses and the periphery: the occupation of space in the construction of inequality
  5. Violence and lack of justice: The consolidation of an unequal society
  6. Justifying the parts: The general bases of the unequal society

The value of the work is BRL 54.30symbolic value in the face of so much knowledge that the author reveals.

Racisms: From the Crusades to the Twentieth Century

Revisiting history with a comprehensive analysis, Francisco Bethencourt presents the most erudite and complete book on racism.

It talks about the history of racism in the most ancient, diverse and remote civilizations;

Revolutionary in its chronological and spatial scope, this book provides the first comprehensive and comprehensive historical analysis of racism – a relational phenomenon, which changes over time and cannot be understood in its entirety through segmented studies of brief periods, of specific regions or recurring victims.
In this breathtaking work, the renowned historian Francisco Bethencourt shows the forms of racism that preceded theories of race, viewing them in the context of social hierarchies and local conditions. The argument is that the discriminatory practice, in its various forms and aspects, was always provoked by political projects of monopolizing resources.

Value to acquire the work, is only BRL 39.90.

ME AND WHITE SUPREMACY: How to Acknowledge Your Privilege, Fight Racism, and Change the World

This book is based on teachings on how to see yourself in society from the point of view of understanding your privilege, especially for people with white skin.

Thus means to fight racism and change the world. A book for anyone ready to take a closer look at their own beliefs and prejudices., and doing the work needed to change the world. Based on a challenge on Instagram that captured the attention of people around the world, White Supremacy takes readers on a 28-day journey, with suggested exercises and tips to carry out the necessary and indispensable work capable of leading to an improvement in social relationships??

This work was still originally published in 2020 and entered the list of bestsellers of The New York Times, costs only R$ 27.90.

Structural Racism (Plural Feminisms)

The synopsis of the book Structural Racism manages to tell a little more about the purpose of creating this work, informative and fundamental about anti-racist books, and that educate around the theme.

In the 1970s, Kwame Turu and Charles Hamiltonin the book “Black Power”, presented for the first time the concept of institutional racism: much more than the action of individuals with personal motivations, racism is infiltrated in institutions and culture, generating a priori deficient conditions for a large part of the population .

Thus, the concept that the author Silvio Almeida presents statistical data and discusses how racism is in the social, political and economic structure of Brazilian society, and how it moves a society full of inequality and prejudice installed.

The value of the Work, structural racism is only R$ 26.90.

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