Christ Church, Presbyterian, June 2020
On Sunday, June 14, many members of CCP met via Zoom to explore and discuss what we had been noticing and learning about racial justice following the killing of George Floyd and so many others. Additionally, we surfaced a number of resources for learning, deepening our knowledge and responding. Knowing that many of us will be working to deepen our understanding and respond in active ways to this call for justice, we have captured this list of resources that folks at CCP have found helpful or would like to explore with others.
Waking Up White by Debby Irving
White Fragility by Robin DeAngelo
White Kids: Growing Up with Privilege in a Racially Divided America by Margaret Hagerman (This book that addresses how little is taught to white kids beyond the basics of the MLK and Rosa Parks stories.)
America’s Original Sin by Jim Wallis
Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, Become a Good Ancestor by Layla Saad
My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem
Who Gets to Be Afraid in America? by Ibram X. Kendi
Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland by Jonathan Metzl
“The Case for Reparations” by Ta-Nehisi Coates, in The Atlantic
“White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Peggy McIntosh.
“13th” (TV documentary about racial history in this country). Consider getting a group of friends to watch and then discuss.
“Just Mercy” available for free viewing this month from Warner Brothers on Amazon Prime.
( Watch now, discuss with Reel2 Real in the fall)
“When They See Us” (Ava DuVernay’s outstanding 4-part Netflix series on the falsely accused Central Park 5)
• “What I am Learning from my White Grandchildren: Truths About Race. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5GCetbP7Fg
• “How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-BY9UEewHw&feature=youtu.be
• “Let’s Get to the Root of Racial Injustice” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aCn72iXO9s
• “How to Overcome our Biases? Walk Boldly Towards Them” https://www.ted.com/talks/verna_myers_how_to_overcome_our_biases_walk_boldly_toward_them?referrer=playlist-talks_to_help_you_understand_r
• How We’re Priming Some Kids for College and Others for Prison
• ( Plan to watch 1/week in July and discuss with others.)
• Your Body Is Being Used, CodeSwitch Podcast , NPR
• When Civility is Used as a Cudgel Against People of Color, CodeSwitch, NPR
• The Power of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Anger, CodeSwitch, NPR
• Opinion: My Father Stood for the National Anthem for the Same Reason Colin Kaepernick Sits, CodeSwitch, NPR
• Interview with Resmaa Menakem, from “On Being” podcasts, with Krista Tippett, https://onbeing.org/series/podcast/ .
• Participate in the weekly Silent Vigil outside St. Paul’s each Sunday from 1-1:30 pm. Masks and social distancing are in practice. Bring a non-perishable food item.
• Hunger Council reports food insecurity increases of 48%; these are also impacting many people of color. Need to provide greater support to existing programs that provide food for people/families suffering during this pandemic. The Vermont House has approved releasing Federal Government dollars to help Vermonters during this time but there are many competing requests. See your CCP email for details about this and how to be in touch with our Representatives, Senators, and the Governor with our concerns.
• 3 bills in the Vermont Legislature currently are related to police issues. H. 808 regarding police use of deadly force has been held in committee and there is an important bill about data collection. Senator Ingram is working on a bill about law enforcement and record keeping when race is involved. (For more details, see Church Administrator’s email to CCP congregation 6/25/20.)
• Check out this excellent Anti-Racist Reading list by leading racism scholar, historian and author Ibram X. Kendi https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/29/books/review/antiracist-reading-list-ibram-x-kendi.html
• Sign the Faith in Action Declaration: Faith in Action White Faith Leaders’ Declaration
• Consult comprehensive resources on how to work for change. Two excellent resources are: Justice in June and 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice
From the Faith and Work Space Initiative, some resources that are centered around racial equality in the faith and work spaces:
o Check in on Your Black Employees Now by Tonya Russell
o The Invisible Burden of Being a Black Woman in the Workplace – Austin Channing Brown for the Theology of Work Project
o Race, Economics and Apologetics: Is There a Connection? by Luke Bobo
o Race and Work – Part of the Voca Center’s Resilience Webinar Series with Rasool Berry, Nena Ugwuomo, and Brian Jacks
o Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? by Martin Luther King, Jr.
• Support black businesses. Find them on We Buy Black. https://webuyblack.com/
• Donate to organizations working for change. Two possibilities include: Southern Poverty Law Center https://www.splcenter.org/ and Bryan Stevenson’s Equal Justice Initiative https://eji.org/bryan-stevenson/
Presbyterian Church USA Resources/Faith-Based Resources
• The Matthew 25 effort of the Presbyterian Church (USA) is promoting/providing resources for a 21-day focus in July on racial justice issues and encouraging our congregations to join in. https://www.pnne.org/Matthew-25/Structural-Racism
• Poor People’s Campaign Call to Justice https://ga-pcusa.org/events/#Events_Poor_Peoples_Campaign