TBC: Race Series
Spring 2018 – Resource List
Are you familiar with the term of white privilege? Do you believe it exists and that racism is a problem in our country and in our church? If you answered no to either of these questions, start here:
- Seeing White podcast series by Scene on Radio
- Deconstructing White Privilege video by Robin Di Angelo
- Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack article by Peggy McIntosh
Are you new to talking about race or systemic racism? Do you understand white privilege but don’t know what to do about it? If you don’t think everything has to do with race, start here:
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Just Mercy by Brian Stevenson
- The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
- The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
- How to Talk to Your Kids about White Privilege article by Mia Quagliarello
Are you listening to and hearing from people of color, understand that racism is happening everywhere, and want a deeper understanding of the theology of justice?
- Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman
- The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James Cone
- Let Justice Roll Down by John Perkins
Do you want to better understand racial dynamics in the church?
- Divided by Faith by Michael Emerson and Christian Smith
- Aliens in the Promised Land by Anthony B. Bradley
- The Multicultural Church podcast series by Truth’s Table
Are you ready to take an honest look at the history of racism in this country and in our city?
- Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
- White Rage by Carol Anderson
- An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Oritz
- Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America by Juan Gonzalez
- The Making of Asian America: A History by Erika Lee
- Richmond’s Unhealed History by Ben Campbell
Are you feeling discouraged or hopeless regarding this conversation?
- Disunity In Christ by Christena Cleveland
- Prophetic Lament by Soong-Chan Rah
- Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle
For ongoing insight, consider joining the Facebook group Be the Bridge to Racial Unity. Disclaimer: There are rules for group members, including a 3-month “active listening and learning” period. From their FB group page: “Be the Bridge is a non-profit organization and a community of people who share a common goal of creating healthy dialogue about race and racialization in the U.S., with an emphasis on promoting understanding about racial disparities and injustices. The purpose of this forum is to create a safe and positive space for both learners and well-seasoned reconcilers. Our intent is to equip one another to become interracial bridge builders, or ambassadors of racial reconciliation, within our respective communities. The ultimate desire is for the church to become credible witnesses to true biblical oneness.”