1619 to the present

Caste, Isabel Wilkerson
White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg
The 1619 Project, NY Times
The Case for Reparations, Ta-Nehisi Coates
White Rage, Carol Anderson
The Broken Ladder, Keith Payne
Sweet Land
What the Tulsa Race Massacre Destroyed, NY Times
Exterminate All the Brutes, Raoul Peck

Mid-20th century to the present

What America Taught the Nazis, James Q. Whitman
The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson
The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin
I Am Not Your Negro
OJ: Made in America
In The Break: The Aesthetics Of The Black Radical Tradition, Fred Moten
Nixonland, Rick Perlstein

From the Great Recession to the present

Get Out
Virtue Signaling…, Ben Hunt (September 2016)
Trump 2016 campaign ‘targeted 3.5m black Americans to deter them from voting,’ Dan Sabbagh
Meet Darren Seals. Then tell me black death is not a business, Sarah Kendzior (October 2016)
Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
The First White President, Ta-Nehisi Coates (October 2017)
Cornel West’s Attacks on Ta-Nehisi Coates, Explained, German Lopez (December 2017)
Still Processing
My Mustache, My Self, Wesley Morris
Black Futures, Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham et al
“Now More Than Ever,” Morgan Parker

Police violence, authoritarian behavior, and racist brutality during COVID-19

Implicit bias trainer finds ‘extreme’ degree of anti-black sentiment within SFPD, Michael Barba (February 2020)
Far-Right Extremists Are Hoping to Turn the George Floyd Protests Into a New Civil War, Tess Owen (May 2020)
… America plunges into crisis, Matt Zapotosky and Isaac Stanley-Becker (May 2020)
How the Supreme Court Lets Cops Get Away With Murder, NYT Editorial Board (May 2020)
Of Course There Are Protests. The State Is Failing Black People., Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (May 2020)
Killer Mike Speech to Atlanta Protestors (May 2020)
Mayor Keisha Lance BottomsSpeech to Atlanta Protestors (May 2020)
America is a Tinderbox, Michelle Goldberg (May 2020)
Photos from the George Floyd Protests, City by City, Weiyi Cai et al (May 2020)
Visual Essay: Inside George Floyd Protests in Oakland, SF, SF Chronicle (May 2020)
Police Erupt in Violence Nationwide, Matthew Dessem (May 2020)
George Floyd: as protests rage across US, Trump comments inflame tensions, The Guardian (May 2020)
Riot or resistance? How media frames unrest… will shape public’s view of protest, Danielle K. Kilgo (May 2020)
Police Inflame Protesters as Unrest… Rocks 75+ U.S. Cities for 5th Night: VIDEOS, Andy Towle (May 2020)
SF Police Commission approves sweeping new anti-bias policy, Julian Mark (May 2020)
While Trump shelters in the White House, America cries out for leadership, Stephen Collinson (June 2020)
A dangerous new factor in an uneasy moment: Unidentified law enforcement officers, Phillip Bump (June 2020)
The Police Take the Side of White Vigilantes, Alex Parenne (June 2020)
Huge Crowds Around the Globe March in Solidarity Against Police Brutality, Damien Cave et al (June 2020)
Pentagon Ordered National Guard Helicopters’ Aggressive Response in D.C., Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Eric Schmitt (June 2020)
Aurora PD breaking up peaceful violin vigil (June 2020)
How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change, Barack Obama (June 2020)
How Police Unions Became Such Powerful Opponents to Reform Efforts,  Noam Scheiber et al (June 2020)
“This is my message to America,” Billy Porter (June 2020)
“Poverty itself is violence”: Pandemic, Floyd Death Expose Racial Realities, Bruce Rule (June 2020)
“You wanna know what white privilege is?”: a thread, Michael Harriot (April 2020)
“What percent of the police live in the city?” – @KingBach (July 2020)
How U.S. cities lost precious time to protect black residents from the coronavirus, Robert Samuels et al (June 2020)
93% of Black Lives Matter Protests Have Been Peaceful, New Report Finds, Sanya Mansoor (September 2020)
Big Cities Boost Police Budgets, Sarah Holder et al (September 2020)
Breonna Taylor grand jurors say there was an ‘uproar’ when they realized…, Elizabeth Joseph (October 2020)
How the Police Helped Get Biden Elected, Brentin Mock (November 2020)
Nigeria Goes on Offensive Against Youth Protesting Police Brutality, Ruth Maclean (November 2020)