Resources for Talking about Race

I believe that Christ calls us to see our unity with each other. At the same time, we can celebrate the unique incarnations that we are. It isn’t an either or reality. The truth is that the church that bears Christ’s name hasn’t always done so well with loving all neighbors. We have sometimes been the ones that furthered systemic racism. As people of faith, we believe that we can die to our old ways and be resurrected to new life.

That is some hard work! See my previous post about some discussions St. James will be having on Zoom. I am also including a list of resources that might be of interest.

Before I add that list I want to encourage you to remember that this work takes time. We can’t read all the resources and watch all the videos. In fact, stuffing ourselves with lots of information is a great way to numb ourselves from doing some real work in our hearts and in our churches, schools, and workplaces. Digest these resources as you can and do the work of praying, listening, and talking with others.

The following list was passed along to me. I am publishing them without links. I figured that most of you can source these for yourselves.

Racism Resources

YouTube

How to be an Anti-Racist, Ibram Kendi, Interview at the Aspen Institute.

Dr. Robin DiAngelo discusses “White Fragility.” Seattle Central Library

Books

I’m Still Here, by Austin Channing Brown

Tears We Cannot Stop, by Michael Eric Dyson

How to be an Antiracist, by Ibram Kendi

White Fragility, by Robin Diangelo

The Color of Compromise, by Jemar Tisby.

Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson

Feeling White, by Cheryl Matias

Films

When They See Us

13th

I Am Not Your Negro

The Central Park Five

Rest in Power 

Stay Woke

16 Shots

For Children

Two Eyes, a Nose, and a Mouth, by Roberta Grobel Intrater

Shades of People, by Shelley Rotner and Sheila M. Kelley

All the colors We Are, by Katie Kissinger

Shades of Black, by Sandra L. Pinkney

Grandpa, Is Everything Black Bad?, by Sandy Lynne Holman

Enough! 20 Protesters Who Changed America, by Emily Easton

For Teens

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, by Jason Reynolds and Ibram Kendi

This Book is Anti-Racist, by Tiffany Jewell

The Hate you Give, by Angie Thomas

Woke, by Mahogany L. Browne

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