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Free Ebooks on Policing, Social Inequality, and Antiracism

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At Cornell University Press we are guided by our vision statement, Changing the World One Book at a Time, words that inform our work and our consciences as publishers. These extraordinary times challenge us to take stock of that vision and the work we do and to reflect on how we can, as individuals and an organization, contribute to the ideas and actions taking place across the country and across the world. As a mission-driven university press, Cornell University Press publishes books that address the issues that we as a nation are confronting today—and that many have confronted for decades. This legacy and ongoing emphasis on books that investigate and interrogate racial and social inequality ally us with the protestors, activists, and thinkers who are leading a long-overdue reckoning with racism, oppression, and the profound injustices that too many people face.

As publishers, our books speak loudly for us and about who we are. Now we want to share some of these books with individuals and communities seeking to understand how we got to this moment in history and how we can imagine a more equitable and just future. To help this process, we have made a number of books that focus on issues of policing, racial inequality, and antiracism in the United States and beyond available as free ebooks on our digital publishing platform

These extraordinary times challenge us to take stock of that vision and the work we do and to reflect on how we can, as individuals and an organization, contribute to the ideas and actions taking place across the country and across the world.

The collection of books we have curated is designed to provide resources for discussions and debates about antiracism and racial justice.

We also embrace and wish to amplify statements made by our institutional partners. Cornell University President Martha Pollack wrote: “The extraordinary times in which we are living are shining a spotlight on so many issues of equity, and the lack of it: on the ways that rights and opportunity are unevenly distributed across our society, and the worth of our labor and our lives unequally valued. As an academic community built on the bedrock values of diversity, inclusion, and openness, we have an obligation to ensure that the forces of these events and our feelings drive us not backward, but forward.” And the Association of University Presses issued this statement.


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