YGB Curriculum



Books (click on images to purchase and read more):


The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander


 Hidden Color Documentaries


 Falsification of Afrikan Consciousness by Amos N Wilson


 Blueprint for Black Power by Amos N Wilson


We Real Cool by Bell Hooks


 Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin



Another Country by James Baldwin


 They Came Before Columbus by Ivan Van Sertima


Black Labor, White Wealth by Dr. Claud Anderson



Powernomics by Dr. Claud Anderson



Hillbilly Elegy(JD Vance)




A People’s History of the United States(Howard Zinn)




Racism Without Racists(Eduardo Bonilla-Silva)




Dog Whistle Politics(Ian Haney-Lopez)




At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance(Danielle McGuire)




Punished (Victor Rios)




When Affirmative Action Was White (Ira Katznelson)




What’s the Matter with Kansas: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America (Thomas Frank)



The Souls of Black Folk(W. E. B. Du Bois)




The Fire Next Time(James Baldwin)




The Fire this Time(Jesmyn Ward)




Invisible Man Got the Whole World Watching (Mychal Denzel Smith)




Citizen(Claudia Rankine)



Beloved (Toni Morrison)



The Bluest Eye(Toni Morrison)



How To Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America(Kiese Laymon)



Octavia’s Brood(Walidah Imarisha)



Kindred(Octavia Butler)



Other Readings:

  • Black Healing PDF (click here)
  • Selected Writings and Speeches of Marcus Garvey 
  • Haymarket Book’s reading list (includes books on Islamophobia and American empire, which are topics not adequately represented above)




13th (available on Netflix)
Requiem for the American Dream (available on Netflix)




Debunking the Progress Narrative” (The Atlantic)

America will never be ‘Post Racial’” (The Atlantic)

The Case for Reparations” (The Atlantic)

History white people need to learn” (Salon)

How the Government Betrayed a Landmark Civil Rights Law” (Pro Publica)

The Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Racism” (Audre Lorde)


How exactly do white supremacy and systemic racism operate? How have we been complicit in reproducing racist ideology?

White Privilege” (Peggy MacIntosh)

The White Racial Frame” (Joe Feigen, an abridged version of his book of the same title)

Intentions Don’t Really Matter” (Everyday Feminism)

The Privilege of Politeness” (Naamen Gobert Tilahun)

Objectivity Can Be Oppressive” (Everyday Feminism)

Enough with the White Male Rage Narrative” (The Guardian)

Here Are 4 Ways to Navigate Whiteness and Feminism – Without Being a White Feminist “ (Everyday Feminism)


A history of #BlackLivesMatter

A Herstory of the Black Lives Matter movement(Feminist Wire)

5 Ways of Understanding Black Lives Matter (YouTube)

From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation (Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor)

Black Lives Matter founders describe paradigm shift in the movement  (NPR)
Black Lives Matter syllabus

How did white liberal culture, as well as systemic racism and

white supremacy, directly contribute to Donald Trump’s election?

Donald Trump and the Central Park Five: the racially charged rise of a demagogue” (The Guardian)

Donald Trump is moving to the White House, and liberals put him there” (The Guardian)

5 reasons Trump will win(Michael Moore)

The GOP’s Attack on Voting Rights Was the Most Under-Covered Story of 2016” (The Nation)

Republicans and the White Working Class” (Mother Jones)

Democrats, Trump, and the Ongoing, Dangerous Refusal to Learn the Lesson of Brexit (The Intercept)

The Smug Style in American Liberalism” (Vox)

2 charts explaining how racism elected Trump(Vox)

The real reason we have an Electoral College: to protect slave states(Vox)

Trump's Plan for a Muslim Registry (NYT)

Repression of freedom of speech under Trump(Pen America)

Potential Nuclear Consequences of a Trump Presidency(The Nation)

Why we’re afraid

LGBT rights under attack by a Trump presidency(Slate)

Increase in gun violence under Trump(The Guardian)

Steve Bannon is the most dangerous man in American politics in a very, very long time(New Yorker)

Autocracy:Rules for Survival(New York Review of Books)


A list of pro-women, pro-immigrant, pro-earth, anti-bigot organizations to donate to

How to be an anti-racist ally

Shaun King’s 25 part plan to reducing police brutality in America

Bystander's guide to standing up to harassment

“Anti-Muslim hate will increase. Here is how to not be a bystander.”

How to Financially Protest DT

How to Protest Islamophobia

What can Democrats do, if anything, stop DT’s disastrous climate plans?

Black Lives Matter Platform

The safety pin: a simple but effective show of solidarity (but if you’re going to wear the safety pin, actually be willing to stand up!)

The DJT Resistance

Stop Steve Bannon, white supremacist, from getting anywhere close to the White House

Volunteer for the ACLU

Call your representatives and demand they stand up to DT!

Resources for non-Black Asians on Anti-Blackness