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.


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. 


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.


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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