A Reading List for Mindfulness and Scholarship

The Inner Work of Racial Justice

Rhonda V. Magee

This is a book is as much about healing, breathing, as much as it is about the inner workings of equity, and bias. Using meditation, it is an incredibly valuable roadmap.

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The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Michelle Alexander

This is a seminal text in the history of race in America, the law, and the consequences of mass incarceration.

A must-read.

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Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America

Rich Benjamin

A new and interesting take on "safe" neighborhoods, and good schools, and the paradigm of "white flight" from cities to suburbs. 

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Imprisoning Communities: How Mass Incarceration Makes Disadvantaged Communities Worse

Clear, Todd R.

A scholarly work supported by empirical data on the collateral consequences of mass imprisonment in neighborhoods that have been impacted by structural inequity.
 

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"The rise and decline of the American ghetto." Journal of Political Economy 107:455-506.

Cutler, David M., Edward L. Glaeser, and Jacob L. Vigdor.

A scholarly article that details the work of the economics and sustainability of low-income communities and how it intersects with the history of structural inequity.

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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. New York: B/D/W/Y Books, Penguin: 2016.

Desmond, Matthew

A tremendous contribution to history & social studies in the study of race, housing, and economics, using the financial crisis of 2007-2008.

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White by Law 10th Anniversary Edition: The Legal Construction of Race. New York University Press 1996.

Hanley Lopez, Ian.

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The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. New York: Liverwright, 2017.

Rothstein, Richard

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Black Wealth/ White Wealth: A New Perspective on Racial Equality. New York: Routledge 2006.

Oliver, Melvin L.; Shapiro, Thomas M.

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Segregation by Design: Local Politics and Inequality in American Cities. Cambridge University Press, 2018.

Troustine, Jessica

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The Price of Paradise: The Costs of Inequality and a Vision for a More Equitable America (NYU Press, January 2014).

Troutt, David

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