Conversations for Action and Collected Essays, by Fernando Flores

Amazon link “Conversation is not merely a prelude to action, it is its very essence. … People don’t merely use language to communicate their desires about the future; they create the future in language together by making commitments to each other.” Reading The Unaccountability Machine reminded me of this book of essays by Fernando Flores, […]

The Unaccountability Machine, by Dan Davies

Amazon link I read an online excerpt of this book and was immediately intrigued by the idea of an “accountability sink”, which is a mechanism by which “The communication between the decision-maker and the decided-upon has been broken – they have created a handy sink into which negative feedback can be poured without any danger […]

Black AF History, by Michael Harriot

Amazon link The subtitle of this book is The Un-Whitewashed Story of America as Harriott flips the spotlight, centering the Black and Indigenous experience, and treating White Americans as the supportive spectators. As he puts it in the introduction: The history I discovered in the middle room wasn’t just an alternative version of American history; […]

Be a Revolution, by Ijeoma Oluo

Amazon link This book, a follow-up from the author of So You Want To Talk About Race, is exactly what the subtitle describes: “How Everyday People Are Fighting Oppression and Changing the World – and How You Can, Too”. While the book was well-written and easy to read, Oluo challenged me with stories that showed […]