A Syllabus of Sorts

Read this fine piece from Cord Jefferson.

Read this essay by Kiese Laymon and then read his novel Long Division. 

Read Leaving Atlanta by Tayari Jones. 

Watch Rosewood, Fruitvale Station, and Boyz n the Hood.

I wrote this because I wanted to say something about the Zimmerman verdict.

To the young lady on Tumblr who said there was no freedom of speech because she’s white and cannot express her true opinion about what happened to Trayvon Martin: read, well, everything starting with the Constitution. You are absolutely free to express your opinion. You are not free to express your opinion without consequences or judgment. The reason you don’t feel free to share your opinion is because you are afraid of being exposed for who you are.

Read Notes from No Man’s Land by Eula Biss.  

Read Eula Biss’s essay No Man’s Land. 

Read Fear of a Black President by Ta-Nehisi Coates. 

Read How Men Fight for Their Lives by Saeed Jones. 

Read the Self Made Man column by Thomas Page McBee. 

Read bell hooks.

Remember that conversations of race have to go beyond black and white.

Read the Angry Asian Man blog. 

Read Guernica, every week and start with Randa Jarrar’s Imagining Myself in Palestine

Read Laila Lalami

Read Gritos by Dagoberto Gilb. 

Read Black Blossoms by Rigoberto Gonzalez. 

Read Next Extinct Mammal by Ruben Quesada. 

Read Come Together, Fall Apart by Cristina Henriquez. 

Read How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid. 

Read, diversely. 


Read Black Men and Public Spaces by Brent Staples (recommended by Jill Talbot).

Read Dumb Girl by Molly McAleer (recommended by Dani Oliver). 

Read Sent For You Yesterday (+ the rest of the Homewood Trilogy) by John Edgar Wideman (recommended by Sarah Malone).

Read An Open Letter to White People About Trayvon Martin by Guante (recommended by UyenThi Tran Myhre)