Recommended Reading: UC Press Books on Black Lives, Race, and Police Reform in the U.S.A.

A University of California Press Takeover

In the wake of current events, we encourage our community to read beyond the important scholarship we publish and consider the urgent and timely books published by our friends and colleagues. Today’s spotlight is on the University of California Press, who are taking over our blog and social media for the day. Be sure to follow along on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.

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The work of addressing society’s core challenges—including persistent inequality and the carceral state—can be accelerated when scholarship assumes its role as an agent of engagement and democracy. In the wake of the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and many others, University of California Press supports the actions to counter and dismantle discrimination and unlawful policing.

UC Press recommends the following books on racial inequality and criminal justice reform, in order to provide context and inspire radical change for Black lives and community.

Chocolate Cities: The Black Map of American Life

by Marcus Anthony Hunter and Zandria F. Robinson

Seeing Race Again: Countering Colorblindness across the Disciplines 

edited by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, Luke Charles Harris, Daniel Martinez HoSang, and George Lipsitz

For more on these titles, keep an eye on Columbia University Press’s social media channels throughout the day.

These titles, and others from The University of California Press , are available for purchase on Bookshop, a new online bookstore with a mission to help support brick and mortar independent bookstores and the book community.

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