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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 stereotyping: Franchesca 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.
A reminder about the context for our communal conversations and thinking: a link to renting the Cracking the Codes film.
Some reading lists:
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)