What We’re Reading: Human First

How to Be Antiracist

Ibram X. Kendi

In How to Be an Antiracist , Kendi takes readers through a widening circle of antiracist ideas–from the most basic concepts to visionary possibilities–that will help readers see all forms of racism clearly, understand their poisonous consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves. Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science with his own personal story of awakening to antiracism. This is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond the awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a just and equitable society.…

Caste: Origins of Our Discontent

Isabel Wilkerson

Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through deeply researched narrative, stories about how America today and throughout its history, has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings where some have power, and others do not. She dives into the notion that this system goes beyond race, class, and other factors to influence people’s lives, behavior and the nation’s fate. 

On Immunity

Eula Biss

Biss addresses our fear of the government, the medical establishment, and what may be in our children’s air, food, mattresses, medicines, and vaccines. Reflecting on her own experience as a new mother, she suggests that we cannot immunize our children, or ourselves, against the world. Through her narrative, she investigates our need to inoculate ourselves against ignorance and fear mongering.

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.

— Maya Angelou