Read Banned Books: Books discussing race

For centuries race has been used as a justification for discrimination, forced dispossession, disenfranchisement, slavery, and genocide. Discussing this, particularly when it has relevance to here and now, can make people uncomfortable. Listed here are books that some have tried to ban for this reason, as well as books with race as a major theme that have been the target of ban attempts for other stated reasons.

TitleAuthorFirst publishedRecent incident
Between the World and Me Ta-Nehisi Coates 2015 2023
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain 1885 1998
The 1619 Project Nikole Hannah-Jones (ed.) 2019 2020
The Bluest Eye Toni Morrison 1970 2022
Beloved Toni Morrison 1987 2013
New Kid Jerry Craft 2019 2021
Uncle Tom's Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe 1852 1857

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