Each month, NACCHO will bring you a new public health book, read and reviewed by NACCHO staff. We hope to provide a well-rounded reading list that you will find enjoyable as well as informative.
As we continue to self-evaluate our personal and professional relationship with race as public health practitioners, So You Want to Talk About Race, is a great opportunity to delve into how to apply antiracism to everyday situations. This book is designed to serve as a guide to all people (white people, Black people, and non-Black POC) confronting the role that white supremacy culture plays in the world and in our spaces. The author covers several topics including the affirmative action, cultural appropriation, the school to prison pipeline, and police brutality.
Perhaps the best element of this book is the focus on action; almost all chapters list possible opportunities that we as individuals can take to address systemic racism. While learning more about systemic racism is a crucial first step, we cannot expect learning alone to address the challenges we face in this country. As advocates for our community, this is an opportunity we can and should rise to meet.