Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire by Akala. Akala is someone that I grew up listening to, and I've seen him move from being a musician also being an intellectual.
Natives was a brilliant read and really spoke to me. It gave me flashbacks to similar situations happening to me as a young person and also brought back some of the uncomfortable feelings that accompanied them. Ranging from the "friend" making racist jokes around the dinner table, to the blatantly racist behaviour being encouraged to be "forgotten about" in school.
Akala frames this all so well, and takes it back historically to give an idea of why such a deeply ingrained racism exists in British society. I also learnt a lot about slavery; about the Cubans and Hatians, and how we are still subject to real propaganda.
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge. This is a masterful dissection of the way we communicate and deal with race issues in the UK. It looks at the historical context behind the racial narratives that have corrupted so many minds into placing unfair assumptions onto entire swathes of people. An essential read for the woke.