Anti-racism Resources for Study and Understanding About White Privilege and Anti-Racism

 

Deconstruction of White Privilege with Dr. Robin DiAngelo (20 min. video) 

How to Be An Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi (book)

Ibram X. Kendi's concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America--but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. Instead of working with the policies and system we have in place, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in

building it. 

Everyday racism: what should we do? by Akala (4 min. video)

How America’s Public Schools Keep Kids in Poverty by Kandice Sumner (13 min. TED talk) 

Between the World and Me by Ta Nehisi Coates (book)

This book is a letter from the author, Ta-Nehisi Coates, to his 15 year old son, Samori. In this long letter, Coates relates his personal experiences as a black man in a country built on the oppression of black people.

 

Between the World and Me by Ta Nehisi Coates (book)

This book is a letter from the author, Ta-Nehisi Coates, to his 15 year old son, Samori. In this long letter, Coates relates his personal experiences as a black man in a country built on the oppression of black people.

The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein (book and NPR 8 min. video clip)

This book details how federal housing policies in the 1940s and '50s mandated segregation and undermined the ability of black families to own homes and build wealth.

Video clip

The Danger of the Single Story by Chimimanda N’gosi Adichie (19 min. TED talk) 

Podcasts:

1. On Being with Krista Tippett: Eula Biss, “Let’s Talk About Whiteness”

2. “Revisionist History” Malcolm Gladwell

3. “This American Life” NPR

4. “Still Processing” - 2 black writers at the NY Times

Traces of the Trade - a documentary film

There is a $20 cost to buy this film for home use.

In this documentary, producer/director Katrina Brown tells the story of her forefathers, the largest slave trading family in US history (the DeWolf family). Given the myth that the south is solely responsible for slavery, viewers will be surprised to learn that the Browns ancestors were Northerners. The film follows Brown and nine fellow family members on remarkable journey which brings them face-to-face with the history and legacy of New England hidden enterprise.

Movies to Watch:

1. Get Out

2. Black Panther

3. Sorry to Bother You

4. Blindspotting

5. Selma

6. Hidden Figures

7. Moonlight

8. 12 Years a Slave

For Families with children:

Something Happened in Our Town - (book and 8 min. reading video)

A children’s book about racism, privilege and racial injustice.

Written by Marianne Celano, Mariette Collins, Anne Hazzard and Jennifer Zivion Order this or any other recommendations from the black owned bookstore in Boston called Frugal Books https://frugalbookstore.net/pages/about-us (or Amazon, etc. if necessary)

 

Children of the World Series: Racism and Intolerance, Refugees and Migrants, Poverty and Hunger and Global Conflict (four children’s books) by Louise Spilsbury (Author), Hanane Kai (Illustrator)

The church now owns this series of four books.

Members and friends of the church may check them out by contacting Rev. Amy A. Bruch at amy@topsfieldchruch.org or 339.368.0818

103 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice: :  https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234.

Amazon's best sellers list is dominated almost enyirely by books on race right now:  https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/03/us/amazon-best-sellers-books-race-trnd/index.html

Dear friend in Christian faith:

The enclosed letter from the United Church of Christ Board provides notification of its commitment to Christian discipleship and Synod resolutions toward an anti-racist church and society. To advance racial diversity, equity, and inclusion, the United Church of Christ Board of Directors announced the work of an institutional assessment on September 1 and began seeking consultants to the process by posting a request for proposals at the UCC website. Read the full letter and access the RFP below.

 

UCCB: Open Letter to the United Church of Christ

 

The United Church of Christ (UCC) is among the whitest Christian denominations in America. In spite of our strong commitments to racial diversity, equity, and inclusion, our congregational reality remains 84% White with no other racial or ethnic group representation exceeding 6%, according to the UCC Center for Analytics, Research & Development, and Data gleaned from the 58% of UCC churches reporting. Given all churches did not report, it is estimated the racial divide is even more stark.

“Regardless of public statements and actions, such empirical data presents a sobering reality for a church that makes bold commitments to anti-racism and toward the dismantling of White supremacy in our institutions of faith. The U.S. population is 62% White. Not only is there dissonance between our stated aspirations and our present reality, there is dissonance between many of our churches and the communities we are called by God to serve.

But there is more to the story.

The perpetual call to discipleship means such data need not be an indictment of who we are, but rather can serve as an opportunity to transform our theological, social, and cultural traditions in ways that more closely align with the gospel we preach. We believe the unity of the church is not of its own making. It is a gift of God. By the power of the Holy Spirit we are a united church and a uniting church.

We are certainly no stranger to such movement of the Spirit. Our historical narrative and current commitment remind us that such transformation is possible.

As the church continues to align our operations, culture, and ministries with our values around racial diversity, equity, and inclusion, we recognize denominational leadership must lead by example.

Everyone has their personal experience of the UCC and of the national setting, and all of those experiences matter. In order to engage the deeper emotional and spiritual work of building an equitable ministry, empirical data is necessary to establish a baseline from which to identify challenges and measure progress.

Toward this spiritual call, the United Church of Christ Board voted, unanimously, to lead both the UCCB and national setting in an institutional racial diversity, equity, and inclusion assessment. Just as we audit finances annually to assess fiscal stability and viability, on September 1, 2020, the UCCB will issue a public Request for Proposal to several identified racial equity organizations to accompany us on this journey of self-examination by leading us through an objective racial equity assessment from which we will challenge and hold ourselves accountable. Please feel free to share the RFP with others who specialize in such work.

Developing a common analysis and language is not a task for only one workshop, nor is it a 90-minute session to fit in a board meeting. There must be an ongoing commitment to build staff and board knowledge and skill to talk about racism, power, and white privilege within the church; to analyze data, to identify and implement interventions, and to develop a roadmap for racial equity.

At this moment in our nation’s history, when the world seems to have paused at the intersection of courage and compassion, people of faith are poised to live justice out loud in new ways. It is in this moment that the church is called to go deeper. And we will not go alone. The same God who has guided our incredible journeys in years past is the God who guides us now.

Yvette Wynn, Chair
UCC Board of Directors

John C. Dorhauer
General Minister and President


Karen Georgia Thompson
Associate General Minister
Global Engagement & Operations
Co-Executive Global Ministries

Traci D. Blackmon
Associate General Minister
Justice and Local Church Ministries

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