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On how to respond to bigotry, from the Southern Poverty Law Center:

Responding to Everyday Bigotry

On how to to be an actual, more-than-wearing-safety-pins ally:

White friends, a list of what you can do

How White People Can Support People of Color Now, by Hannah Giorgis

A Bystander’s Guide to Standing up Against Islamophobic Harassment (and Other Types of Harassment, Too)

Questioning Safety Pin Solidarity Revealed Why I Can’t Trust White People,  by Ijeoma Oluo

On understanding (and resisting) fascism, totalitarianism and authoritarian states:

We’re heading into dark times. This is how to be your own light in the Age of Trump, by Sarah Kendzior

Autocracy: Rules for Survival, by Masha Gessen

The Anatomy of Fascism, by Robert O. Paxton

The Origins of Totalitarianism, by Hannah Arendt

The Captive Mind, by Czesław Miłosz

The Power of the Powerless, by Vaclav Havel

On understanding race (and racism) and white supremacy in the States:

The End of the Postracial Myth, by Nikole Hannah-Jones

We the People Aren’t Sure Who ‘We’ Really Are, by Wesley Morris

Stamped from the Beginning, by Ibram X. Kendi

An Indigenous People’s History of the United States, by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class, by Ian Haney Lopez

The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander

Freedom is a Constant Struggle, by Angela Davis

The Fire Next Time, by James Baldwin

The Fire This Time, by Jesmyn Ward

30+ Resources to Help White Americans Learn About Race and Racism, Everyday Feminism

On understanding the Latinx and immigrants’ experience:

The Distance Between Us, by Reyna Grande

Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America, by Juan Gonzalez

Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of A Continent, by Eduardo Galeano

On understanding the Muslim-American experience:

Why Trump Makes Me Scared for My Family, Aziz Ansari

The Chilling Rise of Islamophobia in Our Schools, by Kristina Rizga

Hate Crimes Against Muslims Spiked 67 Percent Last Year, by Brandon Ellington Patterson

Civil Rights in Peril: The Targeting of Arabs and Muslims, edited by Elaine C. Hagopian

On understanding the history of voter suppression:

Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America, by Ari Berman

The Politics of Voter Suppression: Defending and Expanding Americans’ Right to Vote, by Tova Wang

On understanding the role of class:

The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, by George Packer

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, by Nancy Isenberg