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4 Books You’ll Definitely Find at Dear White People’s Winchester University

by  | August 15

Netflix’s Dear White People is back for Season 3, and I, for one, am so excited to be back at fictional Winchester University. The show follows several black students as they navigate racial landmines associated with attending a predominantly white Ivy League school. They tackle the kind of overt racism we’re all used to seeing on the news, but the series also highlights microaggressions that are far more common and less talked about. 

Now that school is back in session, check out these 4 books that you could most definitely find Samantha White and the rest of your faves reading while they’re not attending black caucus meetings.

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Dear White People

Dear White People

by Justin Simien

Netflix’s Dear White People loves meta commentary, so of course I would expect to find the book on which the show is based housed in the Winchester library. In this book, author Justin Simien takes the world he created in the feature film of the same name, and he builds on it with hilarious takes on what it’s like to be black on a predominantly white college campus. Whether you are a dear white person wondering why your black office mate is avoiding eye contact with you after you ran your fingers through her hair, or you’re a black nerd who has to break it to your white friends that you’ve never seen The Wire, this myth-busting, stereotype-diffusing guide to a post-Obama world has something for you! Dear White People is the ultimate silly yet authoritative handbook to help the curious and confused navigate racial microaggressions in their daily lives.

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The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

by Issa Rae

No one embodies Black Girl Magic quite like Issa Rae. Before she became a household name because of her hit show, Insecure, Issa built a fan base from her web series, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. She wrote a book of the same name that details what it’s like to be awkward and black in a world that doesn’t embrace either. It’s hysterical, it’s real, and I can almost guarantee Coco has read it at least twice.

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F*ck Your Diet

F*ck Your Diet

by Chloé Hilliard

Dear White People doesn’t spend a lot of time on issues around weight, but I’m certain characters like Joelle and Coco think they’re woke enough to speak intelligently to the topic. In fact, I can even see them waving this book around as proof. In F*ck Your Diet and Other Things My Thighs Tell Me, Chloé Hilliard examines the relationship we all have with food, and how corporations and the government directly impact how we view that relationship. She approaches the topic with a mix of humor, social commentary, and conspiracy theories to rival those around the Order of X.

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You Can’t Touch My Hair

You Can’t Touch My Hair

by Phoebe Robinson

In the feature film Dear White People, Sam White implores, “Dear white people, please stop touching my hair. Does this look like a petting zoo to you?” It’s a microaggression tale as old as time—a non-POC asking to touch the hair of a POC. The students of Winchester University battle these microaggressions every day on campus. In this collection of essays, Phoebe Robinson details what it’s like to deal with the prejudices and sometimes outright Caucasity that comes at her every single day. Much like Dear White People, Phoebe’s takes will have you both laughing and contemplating what racism looks like in our society.

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Nicole Sam contains multitudes. She is a huge fan of graphic novels, SFF stories, and reality TV. When she isn’t at the office, you can find her attending cons around the country to experience her favorite fandoms IRL.