A Social Justice Reading List (2017)

I compiled a special list of books on my amazon wishlist and books that I’ve read pertaining to social justice; this is not a full list, but it’s something to help start mine and yours.



  • Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
  • Notes to a Native Son by James Baldwin
  • Nobody Knows My Name by James Baldwin
  • Collected Essays by James Baldwin
  • I Am Not Your Negro by James Baldwin (script and movie)
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley (also the author of Roots)
  • I Write What I Like by Steve Biko
  • “Blacks Can’t Be Racist” by Andile Mngzitama
  • Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon
  • The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
  • Nobody by Marc Lamont Hill
  • The Souls of Black Folk by WEB du Bois
  • Black Power: The Politics of Liberation by Stokely Carmichael and Charles V. Hamilton
  • “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” by Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “A Case for Reparations” by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Atlantic article)
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Born a Crime by Trevor Noah


  • The Colonizer and the Colonized by Albert Memmi
  • Racism by Albert Memmi
  • The Pillar of Salt by Albert Memmi
  • Decolonization and the Decolonized by Albert Memmi
  • Jinealogy: Time, Islam, and Ecological Thought in the Medieval Ruins of Delhi by Anand Taneja
  • Dark Continents: Psychoanalysis and Colonialism by Ranjana Khanna
  • The Intimate Enemy: Loss and Recovery of Self Under Colonialism by Ashis Nandy
  • A Dying Colonialism by Frantz Fanon
  • We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • The White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good by William Easterly
  • Colonial Effects by Joseph Massad
  • “The World as Exhibition” by Timothy Mitchell
  • The Karma of Brown Folk by Vijay Prashad


  • Politics of Piety by Saba Mahmood
  • Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women by Susan Burton
  • My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter by Aja Monet
  • Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian American Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion by Piyali Bhattacharya
  • When Women Were Priests: Women’s Leadership in the Early Church and the Scandal of Their Subordination in the Rise of Christianity by Karen Torjesen
  • Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity by Judith Butler


  • On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder
  • A Colony in a Nation by Chris Hayes
  • The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter Godwin Woodson
  • Reporting from Ramallah: An Israeli Journalist in an Occupied Land by Amira Hass
  • Drinking the Sea at Gaza: Days and Nights in a Land Under Siege by Amira Hass
  • Freedom Is a Constant a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement by Angela Davis
  • Formations of the Secular: Christianity, Islam, Modernity by Talal Asad
  • In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction by Gabor Mate
  • The Impossible State: Islam, Politics, and Modernity’s Moral Predicament by Wael Hallaq
  • “McJihad: Islam in the US Global Order” by Timothy Mitchell
  • Latino Crossings: Mexican, Puetro Ricans, and the Politics of Race and Citizenship by Nicholas de Genova and Ana Yolanda Ramos-Zayas
  • Woeking the Boundaries: Race, Space, and “Illegality” in Mexican Chicago by Nicholas de Genova
  • Racial Transformations: Latinos and Asians Remaking the United States by Nicholas de Genova
  • Capitalism: A Ghost Story by Arundhati Roy (who also writes AMAZING novels)


  • The Promise of Politics by Hannah Arendt
  • Responsibility and Judgement by Hannah Arendt
  • Crises of the Republic: Lying in Politics; Civil Disobedience; On Violence; Thoughts on politics and Revolution by Hannah Arendt
  • On Violence by Hannah Arendt
  • On Revolution by Hannah Arendt
  • The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt
  • Dispossession: The Performative in the Political by Judith Butler
  • Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism by Benedict Anderson
  • Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison by Michel Foucault
  • Orientalism by Edward Said
  • The Deportation Regime: Sovereignty, Space, and the Freedom of Movement


  • A History of God by Karen Armstrong
  • Religious Difference in a Secular Age by Saba Mahmood
  • Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms: Journeys into the Disappearing Religions of the Middle East by Gerard Russell
  • Black Theology and Black Power by James Cone
  • “The Sabbath World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time” by Judith Shulevitz


  • The Mismeasure of Man by Stephen Jay Gould
  • The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Welcome, Friends!

Yes, I said friends.

I’ve finally started a blog and I thought my first post would be as a promise to my readers and also to myself about its aims and trajectory.

I want this blog to be a resource to people, but not the end goal; I want to get people interested in a topic enough to have a base in it–like why the United States has the mindset of what it defines as a “third-world” nation–but also enough drive in each post to let people flourish in their own research. I’m a big believer that if we are simply told things–we do not learn; if we are simply inspired, but do not act, the lighting of the fire was for nothing except a few wows and whoas. I don’t want the wows–I want an ignition.

I want this blog to initiate dialogue, a discussion, a table of reformation among those who thought reform was compromise and not necessary.

I want this blog to be a symbol of what I stand for, a compilation of my intrigues, my own persona and family, my experiences, my words. I want this blog to be what that Temple was to Isaiah, listening to God.

I want to improve the way I write, so that I may improve the way I speak.

I want to learn; I want to evaporate in someone else’s world, knowing that I am the least of every one person’s sum, but the greatest of myself.

And here, on this blog, I want all these worlds and ideas to converge.