Essential Readings: Revolution Edition

This list of free-to-access readings has been curated from a variety of resources found on social media.

On Whiteness


75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice by Corinne Shutack

How White Women’s Tears Threaten Black Existence by Cameron Glover

When Feminism is White Supremacy in Heels by Rachel Cargle

The Souls of White Folk by Stephen Jamal Leeper

The Abolition of Whiteness by Stephen Jamal Leeper

What Do We Do with White Folks? by Anthony James William

White People Have No Culture by Lorena Wallace

White Fragility: an interview with Dr. Robin DiAngelo by The Conscious Kid

Trump Defends White-Nationalist Protesters: ‘Some Very Fine People on Both Sides’ by Rosie Gray

Discourse and Debate: Is performative activism inherently bad? by Kayla Abrams

Amy Cooper, White Spaces, and the Political Projection of Whiteness by Lara Witt

The White Space by Elijah Anderson

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh

How White People Can Hold Each Other Accountable to Stop Institutional Racism by Elly Belle


The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter

The Invention of the White Race: Volume I by Theodore W. Allen

The Invention of the White Race: Volume II by Theodore W. Allen

The Wages of Whiteness by David R. Roediger

How Jews Became White Folks & What That Says About Race in America by Karen Brodkin

On Abolition


Understanding the Role of Police Towards Abolitionism: On Black Death as an American Necessity, Abolition, Non-violence, and Whiteness by Joshua Briond

What a World Without Cops Would Look Like by Madison Pauly

The answer to police violence is not ‘reform’. It’s defunding. by Alex S. Vitale

Against Innocence: Race, Gender, and the politics of Safety by Jackie Wang

What Abolitionists Do by Dan Berger, Mariame Kaba, & David Stein

You Are Already an Abolitionist by Benji Hart

The Case for Abolition by Ruth Wilson Gilmore & James Kilgore

What Is Prison Abolition? by John Washington

What the Prison-Abolition Movement Wants by Kim Kelly


Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Davis

Blood in My Eye by George L. Jackson

The Prison Letters of George Jackson by Soledad Brother

Political Prisoners, Prisons, and Black Liberation by Angela Davis

Voices of African American Women in Prison by Paula C. Johnson

On Racism & Blackness in America

The 1619 Project compiled by New York Times


In Defense of Looting by Vicky Osterweil

Forget “Looting.” Capitalism Is the Real Robbery. by William C. Anderson

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

We’re Sick of Racism, Literally by Douglas Jacobs

Letter from a Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr.

I’m Not Black, I’m Kanye by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Case for Reparations by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Where Is the Outrage for Breonna Taylor? by Renee Nishawn Scott

Race to the Bottom by Kimberlé Crenshaw

Police Brutality Aimed at Black People Is as American as Apple Pie by Monica Roberts

On Black and Intersectional Feminism


Black Female Writers Who Changed Feminist Theory by Abbey de Fulviis

A History of Black Feminism in the U.S. by MIT

Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics by Kimberlé Crenshaw

The Intersectionality Wars by Jane Coaston

Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color by Kimberlé Crenshaw


How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde

Yearning: Race, Gender, and Cultural Politics by bell hooks

I Am Your Sister by Audre Lorde

Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism by bell hooks

On Racial Capitalism


Racial Capitalism by Harvard Law Review

What Did Cedric Robinson Mean by Racial Capitalism? by Robin D. G. Kelley

How capitalism reduced diversity to a brand by Sean Illing

Racial capitalism: Making money off black and brown bodies by David Whitfield

Racial Capitalism and the Structural Roots of White Nationalism by Matt Birkhold


Carceral Capitalism by Jackie Wang

Black Bourgeoisie by E. Franklin Frazier

Black Marxism by Cedric J. Robinson


Black Revolutionary Texts
This Google Drive resource features prominent Black authors and covers a variety of issues, including class struggle in Africa and revolutionary solidarity.

Master List of Black Revolutionary Readings
This resource is organized by topic, including: Introduction to Black Radical Politics; Critical Race Class Studies; Capitalism, Fascism, Imperialism, Neocolonialism, and Settler-Colonialism; Indigenous Studies; and more.

Antiracist Allyship Starter Park
Resources and tools regarding racism, anti/Blackness, and how to be a better ally.

A World Without Police: Study Guide
This study guide is intended to help activists understand the police and craft strategies to abolish them. The guide examines the role police play in modern society and how they came to serve this function. It explores the impacts and contradictions of policing, and closes with a look at how communities have resisted police impunity and created alternative means of safety.

Abolition Study Resources
These resources are to support anyone who’s interested in learning more about abolition. The texts vary, and there are many different viewpoints and approaches to theorizing and working toward abolition. Some of what is included doesn’t mention abolition specifically but may offer some historical and political education.

Camila’s Abolition Reading List
These free/online pieces have shaped the curator’s understanding of abolition and what forms of real accountability individuals can collectively build to address and interrupt cycles of violence.

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