Anti Racism Resources

This is a page of resources for all ages.  As people of faith, we believe that every man, woman, and child is made in the image of God. Most Americans have at least a passing knowledge of slavery and its role in the early history of America.  Most Americans have a passing knowledge as well about the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s.  However, many of us do not know the deep roots of slavery and how it is woven into the very fabric of American society.  

Now, more than ever, we must be able to have conversations around issues of race and privilege.  We must talk with our children and grandchildren about it.  As Christians, we know that Jesus walked with the least of these and cared for those who were on the margins.  We too are called to be on the margins and to walk with those who are oppressed.   In light of that, this is a compilation of resources for all ages.  

For Adults: 
White Fragility – Robin DiAnglo
 Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue.

Stamped From the Beginning –  Ibram X Kendi
The winner of the National Book Award in Nonfiction, Stamped from the Beginning should be required reading for anyone who still believes we are living in a post-racial America. In this eye-opening book, author Ibram X. Kendi explains not only the many ways in which racism is alive and well in the United States, but also exactly why it’s still a deeply entrenched piece of our nation’s identity.

Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack – Peggy McIntosh – paper.

For Youth:
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You – Jason Reynolds and Ibram X Kendi

18 YA Books to Diversify your Kids’ Bookshelves and Make them Better Allies –  Popsugar Family

Children’s Books
Antiracism Baby – Ibram X Kendi
A Kids Book About Racism – Jelani Memory

Videos/Podcasts/
Systemic Racism Explained – video

CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall on Racism – video

Talking About Race Virtual Exhibit – National Museum of African American History and Culture

Being Anti Racist: A Primer – from Synod of Mid America

Deconstructing White Privilege  – Video with Robin DiAngelo

 

Movies
Just Mercy
The Hate U Give
Remember the Titans
Selma
Hidden Figures
Ruby Bridges

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