All Saints Episcopal Church in Chicago

Race Matters Resources

What follows are resources for pondering, praying, and considering. It is not perfect. Even if it was perfect, it would only be one version of perfect and not someone else's. If you read or watch something and find it it not applicable to you - then maybe it is not. If you read something, find yourself challenged, and this leads to not liking something about yourself - practice self-compassion. If you find yourself wanting to critique instead of wanting to take in the perspective of someone else, give something a second chance - or move on; respect your agency and level of readiness. Does something excite you, scare you, offend you, or is there something you want to talk about as a community? Reach out to and maybe suggest the church take time to talk about the article or video that caught your interest.

Move in and out of the following resources as you will. Take your time - take all year. They aren't going anywhere...

Suggested first reading: Article in Everyday Feminism: 9 Ways We Can Make Social Justice Movements Less Elitist and More Accessible 

Glossary of Terms from World Trust Educational Services


Vernā Myers' video on confronting personal bias from our Theology of Change day of planning.

The science behind stereotypingFranchesca Ramsey.

A 30 minute talk by John A. Powell "Dance Like You Matter in an Intra-related World".  He also has a 30 minute talk about building the beloved community:  but "Dance Like You..." covers things pretty well. Here is his 1.5 hour piece on the beloved community that goes deep (who knows how long you'll be stuck in a waiting room some day).

Vincent Harding and Phyllis Tickle an hour long radio interview with Krista Tippet

Sometimes You're a Caterpillar: Franchesca Ramsey

What exactly is intersectionality: Stephanie D. Johnson, a.k.a. "Najma" 

What Is Privilege?: Buzzfeed

PBS series, Race—The Power of an Illusion.

PBS, Slavery by Another Name

Chicago Transformative and Restorative Justice

A reminder about the context for our communal conversations and thinking: a link to renting the Cracking the Codes film.


Revolutionary Hope: A Conversation Between James Baldwin and Audre Lorde

Do Multicultural Churches Reinforce Racism? 

The Realities of Raising a Kid of a Different Race 

The Hard Talk: White Parents Discussing Racism with White Children

Struggling to talk to your kids about race and privilege? Disney’s “Zootopia” has you covered

The Blueprint: Black Parents Can "Do Better" Too

The Problem with Saying 'All Lives Matter'

When You Become the Oppressive "Ally": Asians, Anti-Blackness, and Accountability 

Ferguson Racial Tension: White Church Still Doesn't Get the Danger of Being Black 

White Guilt is actually White Narcissism 

The White Anti-Racism Tone Police: White Supremacy vs. White Privilege 

Richard Rohr on White Privilege 

'Chi-Raq' and the Myth of Chicago Gang Wars 

White America's racial illiteracy: Why our national conversation is poisoned from the start

Open Letter To Aziz Ansari and Other Anti-Black People of Color 

Bryan Stevenson on Charleston and Our Real Problem with Race 

What Is Internalized Racism (pdf)

An Open Letter to Ta-Nehisi Coates and the Liberals Who Love Him

Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Debate on Bernie Sanders and Reparations


Some reading lists:

The Most Important Writing From People Of Color In 2015 

You've Read a Ta-Nehisi Coates book. Now What?  (promises that there are more good books out there)

Curriculum for White Americans to Educate Themselves on Race and Racism–from Ferguson to Charleston  (promises of short articles)

#BlackLivesMatter: A Longform Reading List  (promises of long reads)

Free Books on Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Class promises of free reads)

15 Books That Every Black Person Should Add to Their Collection  (promises of empowerment)

28 Black Picture Books That Aren't About Boycotts, Buses or Basketball 

Remember Self-care:

7 ways to practice emotional first aid 

Self-compassion Exercise

Remember Other-care:

Learn How to Listen in a Radically Different Way

Brene Brown on Empathy