Earlier this week, actor Matt McGorrygave a shout out to Michelle Alexander's powerful book on mass incarceration,The New Jim Crow. "I'm embarrassed that I didn't come across the information in this book sooner," McGorry wrote onFacebook. "But that's white privilege for ya... Burning crosses and racial slurs are not the only types of racism affecting people of color. And we owe it to our black and brown brothers and sisters to understand this."
The "Orange is the New Black" star's post has gained him plenty of praise for actively trying to educate himself on issues regarding race, but it also serves as a powerful example to other white people and allies on how, sometimes, one of the best ways to better understand racism is to just pick up a book.
In the spirit of this, we've compiled a list of books that every white person and ally should read right now, and have included some of each book's most powerful passages:
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