*|MC:SUBJECT|*
MKP Equitable Community Train Station

No. 20 • December 2019 • ManKind Project USA

10 Year-end book recommendations...

Gift these to yourself! Gift these to others! A few of these have been featured in previous editions of the Train Station and all are worthwhile reads. Of course, there are many other books that are also important for the deeper dive into diversity work - these are just a few to consider...

(click on the image to buy on Amazon)

__________________________________________________
America's racial fault lines run uninterrupted from the days of slavery to those of lynchings, separate water fountains, and the contemporary Jim Crow of voter suppression, gerrymandered voting districts, and the attempt to nullify the presidency of America's first Black president. In this book Cornell Belcher presents stunning new research that illuminates just how deep and jagged these racial fault lines continue to be. The panicked response of the waning white majority can be heard in the cry to take back our country and highlights how challenging and necessary a path to racial reconciliation will be.
__________________________________________________
This is a beautifully written book about the exodus of almost six million black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities over much of the twentieth century. Pulitzer prize winning reporter Isabel Wilkerson interviewed over 1,000 people and gained access to new data and official records. Her narrative nonfiction focuses on the story of three of those people who were part of this epic migration - it takes us with them on their life journey. With a tone of oral histories, the book puts faces, hearts and minds to this big part of U.S. history. A heartfelt, mesmerizing read!
__________________________________________________
In this deeply inspiring and delightful book, Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi, while on a cross-country tour of America, recount their experiences talking to people from all walks of life about race and identity. Spurred by the realization that they had nearly completed high school without hearing any substantive discussion about racism, the two young women deferred starting college to collect first-person accounts of how racism plays out in this country every day- and often in unexpected ways.
__________________________________________________
Bryan Stevenson was a gifted young attorney when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending the poor, the wrongly condemned and those trapped in the furthest reaches of our criminal justice system. Just Mercy shares some of those stories and provides a window into the widespread and powerful unfairness in our legal system. It is a searing indictment of American criminal justice and a stirring testament to the salvation that fighting for the vulnerable sometimes yields. This is a deeply moving and disturbing read.
__________________________________________________
In just seventy-five brief pages, Good Men Project Senior Editor and MKP brother Mark Greene exposes the brutal price that "man box" culture extracts from men and women world wide. The Little #MeToo Book for Men is a concise, no holds barred call to action, inviting men to step out of silence and isolation and into the battle for a better future. Mark's book opens the conversation about how boys and men arrive at their beliefs and encourages us to step into mission around our roles as fathers, brothers, husbands and sons in this culture. It is a personal invitation into authentic connection and community.
__________________________________________________
Just imagine the impact of teaching diversity and inclusion to young children!! Brittany Murlas (who just happens to be my daughter-in-law) has a vision for a world where we teach children empathy and compassion for everyone, where all genders and all people have equal opportunities and diversity is celebrated and honored. She began by looking at the books available for children and, with the help of friends and family, created the Little Feminist Book Club. Available to families, and now expanding into classrooms, Little Feminist has age-appropriate materials for kids up to 9 years old. The club provides books, activities and discussion questions for children, families and teachers to truly raise a new consciousness and impact our world today!
__________________________________________________
Hochschild journeys into a world far different than her liberal academic enclave of Berkeley, into the heartland of the nation's political right, in order to understand how the conservative white working class sees America. With compassion and empathy, she discovers the narrative that gives meaning and expression to their lives– explaining their political convictions and more. Indeed, her examination of the cultural divide of geography, politics, and elitism provides insight into the "great paradox." Anyone who wants to understand modern America should read this captivating book.
__________________________________________________
Based on interviews with Muslims around the world, the author presents a side of the Muslim world rarely presented in the media. The subjects make up a global community of writers, artists, doctors, educators and activists who stand up for individual freedom, debate, creativity and compassion. A veteran of twenty years of human rights research and activism, Bennoune draws on extensive fieldwork and interviews to illuminate the inspiring stories of those representing one of the best hopes for ending fundamentalist oppression worldwide. A compelling read!
__________________________________________________
This a penetrating and provocative analysis of the hate that will not die, focusing on its current, virulent incarnations on both the political right and left. With the reemergence and "normalization" of the white nationalist movement and xeno-phobia in America, the author examines the underlying foundation of antisemitism. In a series of letters to an imagined college student and a colleague, both of whom are perplexed by this resurgence, acclaimed historian Deborah Lipstadt gives us her own superbly reasoned, brilliantly argued, and certain to be controversial responses to these troubling questions.
__________________________________________________
With increasing diversity in the US and awareness and attention to cultural identity groups (and more recently the impacts of intersection-ality), many white Americans now view the political world through the lens of a white racial identity. Today, an increasing number of whites actively identify with their racial group and support policies and candidates that they view as protecting their power and status (hence the election of our current president). The author offers a well-researched and timely treatise with profound implications for the future of US racial conflict and politics.
__________________________________________________