Reading for an Uprising

Throughout the month of June, we at Scuppernong Books have made space daily on our Facebook page to spotlight writers struggling to come to terms with the current popular unrest in the US, what many are calling an 'uprising.' Below is a list of the articles we have shared and their links, as well as ordering information for further reading by these writers. Not only is this an anthology of different voices, it documents shifting ideas about the various movements as they build momentum. It's a pretty good overview of the last month in America.

 

Tracy K Smith, Dear Black America

https://lithub.com/dear-black-america-a-letter-from-tracy-k-smith/

 

Cynthia Greenlee, How to Cover an Uprising

https://www.thenation.com/article/activism/journalism-photography-uprising-ethics/

 

Caroline Randall Williams, You Want a Confederate Monument? My Body is a Confederate Monument

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/26/opinion/confederate-monuments-racism.html?smid=tw-share

 

Juan Vidal, Your Bookshelf May Be Part of the Problem

https://www.npr.org/2020/06/06/870910728/your-bookshelf-may-be-part-of-the-problem

 

Colson Whitehead, We Invent All Sorts of Different Reasons to Hate People

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/jun/21/colson-whitehead-we-invent-all-sorts-of-different-reasons-to-hate-people

 

At the Black Lives Matter Protests in NYC: A Photo Essay

https://lithub.com/at-the-black-lives-matter-protests-in-nyc-a-photo-essay/

 

Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., The History That James Baldwin Wanted America To See

https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/the-history-that-james-baldwin-wanted-america-to-see

 

Jamelle Bouie, Why Juneteenth Matters

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/18/opinion/juneteenth-slavery-freedom.html?referringSource=articleShare

 

Imani Perry, Racism Is Terrible. Blackness Is Not

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/06/racism-terrible-blackness-not/613039/

 

How We Juneteenth

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/06/18/style/juneteenth-celebration.html

 

Celia Walker, Why Do We Celebrate Juneteenth?

https://bittersoutherner.com/why-do-we-celebrate-juneteenth-because-we-are-free-to-do-so

 

Michael K./ Williams, Where Do We Go From Here?,

https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-where-we-go-from-here-20200607-54qyycc7pvhl7oblrh32nxmn64-story.html

 

Revisiting The Wire During 2020’s Black Lives Matter Movement

http://www.openculture.com/2020/06/revisiting-the-wire-in-light-of-2020s-black-lives-matter-movement.html

 

Steven W. Thrasher, An Uprising Comes from the Viral Underclass

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/06/black-lives-matter-viral-underclass.html

 

Pitchayab Sudbanthad, Letter From Brooklyn:Finding Justice in the Streets

https://lithub.com/letter-from-brooklyn-finding-justice-in-the-streets/

 

Jericho Brown, Bullet Points

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/152728/bullet-points

 

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, How Do We Change America

https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/how-do-we-change-america

 

Michelle Alexander, America, This Is Your Chance

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/08/opinion/george-floyd-protests-race.html

 

Layli Long Soldier, On Wounded Knee and the Murder of George Floyd

https://lithub.com/layli-long-soldier-on-wounded-knee-and-the-murder-of-george-floyd/

 

PEN America’s Guide for Combatting Protest Disinformation

https://pen.org/pen-americas-guide-for-combating-protest-disinformation/

 

Issac Bailey, I’m Finally an Angry Black Man

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/06/opinion/sunday/black-racism-.html?searchResultPosition=1

 

Jericho Brown, To Win Justice for George Floyd We Need the Rage that Abolished Slavery

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jun/05/george-floyd-rage-slavery-killing-us-police-state-protest

 

Ibram X. Kendi, What to an American is the Fourth of July?

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/07/resistance-patriotism-fourth-july/593344/

 

Bryan Lee, Jr, America’s Cities were Designed to Oppress

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-06-03/how-to-design-justice-into-america-s-cities

 

Michael Harriot, A Letter Not from a Birmingham Jail

https://www.theroot.com/a-letter-not-from-a-birmingham-jail-1843926346

 

Saeed Jones, Whose Grief, Our Grief

https://www.gq.com/story/saeed-jones-on-generations-of-protests

 

Sean Collins, The Anger Behind the Protests Explained in Four Charts

https://www.vox.com/2020/5/31/21276004/anger-police-killing-george-floyd-protests

 

Charlie Leduff, What Killed Aiyana Stanley-Jones

https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2010/09/aiyana-stanley-jones-detroit/

 

In addition, here's a previous post where we hightlight antiracism books by NC authors or rooted in NC history.

 

 

Wade in the Water: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555978365
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Graywolf Press - March 26th, 2019

Soul Food Love: Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family : A Cookbook Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780804137935
Availability: Backordered
Published: Clarkson Potter - February 3rd, 2015

The Nickel Boys: A Novel Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780345804341
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Anchor - June 30th, 2020

Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525575320
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Crown - June 30th, 2020

Breathe: A Letter to My Sons Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780807076552
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Beacon Press - September 17th, 2019

The Tradition Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781556596025
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Copper Canyon Press - February 4th, 2020

Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership (Justice) Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781469653662
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: University of North Carolina Press - October 21st, 2019

From #blacklivesmatter to Black Liberation Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781608465620
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Haymarket Books - February 23rd, 2016

How to Be an Antiracist Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525509288
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: One World - August 13th, 2019

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781620971932
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: New Press - January 7th, 2020

American Indian Stories (Modern Library Torchbearers) Cover Image
By Zitkala-Sa, Layli Long Soldier (Introduction by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9781984854216
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Modern Library - May 21st, 2019

My Brother Moochie: Regaining Dignity in the Face of Crime, Poverty, and Racism in the American South Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781635420036
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Other Press - February 4th, 2020

How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501132735
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Simon & Schuster - October 8th, 2019

The Hate U Give Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062498533
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Balzer + Bray - February 28th, 2017

I'm Not Dying with You Tonight Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781492678892
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sourcebooks - August 1st, 2019

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316453691
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

All American Boys Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781481463348
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 29th, 2017

The Fire Next Time (Vintage International) Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780679744726
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - December 1st, 1992