Racism: An Additional Curated List of Resources

As people march in the streets calling for justice and social change in the wake of yet another black man losing his life at the hands of a white person, I wonder if we have reaching a tipping point after all these years. Four-hundred-plus years in the making, it would seem those who have stayed on the sidelines are now joining others who have been about the work of justice and racial healing. My social media feeds are full of people seeking (and giving) resources for having these important conversations with our children, youth, and yes – with adults. So in order to keep all of these collected in one place, I have placed them here.

This isn’t the first time I’ve compiled a list of resources or written a post regarding white privilege or Becoming Beloved Community through the study of racism and break down systems that continue to benefit some but not others – especially people of color. If anything, I have realized that this is work that cannot stop and needs to start – as obviously so many of us have not truly begun the real work of making change. When I looked back, I see that I’ve been posting on this topic since 2014; you can see my previous posts here:

If anything, I hope families begin to have conversations with their children at an early age and continue the dialogue throughout their life and stages. This is not something that can be checked off a list, but needs to be put on the top of our “to do list” every day. By the time a child is three-years-old that have formed prejudices and world views of others by the examples they see around them – especially those views and actions of their parents. White adults need to do the work and not keep asking our siblings of color to “help explain” or “tell us what you need.” WE need to look within ourselves and the systems that have allowed us to be persons of privilege due to the white pigment of our own skin.

Thanks to Christine Hides who made me aware of this visual guide.

The below lists are additional resources and sites that I have not mentioned before. I especially commend the two lists I compiled above in 2019 for specific titles for adults and Episcopal initiatives in dismantling racism and Becoming Beloved Community.

For Parents

For Children

For Youth

  • The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture offers many resources for all ages and roles, but youth may especially enjoy the fresh and interactive way Talking About Race is offered on their site.
This movie is now free to rent on digital platforms

For Adults

  • Esquire Magazine has offered If You Want to Learn About Anti-Racism, These 10 Books Are a Start. From James Baldwin’s 1963 treatise on the “racial nightmare” of life in America to contemporary writers who have taken up his mantle, here’s where to start educating yourself.
  • Church Publishing is offering (thru June 30, 2020) Seeing My Skin: A Story of Wrestling with Whiteness by Peter Jarrett Schell via Issu (an online magazine/book format for reading).
  • TED Talks offer an article (with a video interview with activist Deray Mckesson) from 2018: How you can be an ally in the fight for racial justice. It includes (1) own your own privilege; (2) talk about what’s uncomfortable and what’s important; (3) be strategic in what you say and how you say it; (4) activism isn’t just about protests and marches — it means voting, too; (5) figure out where and how you can do the most good; (6) start where you are; (7) ask yourself: what do I want the future to look like?; and (8) feel the fear — and act anyway.
  • National Indigenous Television (NITV) is a channel made by, for and about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. Luke Pearson and Sophie Verass write Ten Things You Should Know about White Privilege. How much do we actually know about the concept and history of this sociological term?
  • The History of Race in America: Seeing White Series on Scene On Radio

For Faith Communities

  • Building Faith offered a webinar, Faith Communities Address Diversity And Racial Justice, in February 2019 that is still helpful today. Learn from this conversation about racial justice and why people of faith should be engaged in working towards an equitable America. Guests James McKim, Liz Miller, and Parker Garrett represent three faith communities addressing diversity and racial injustice. In addition to the webinar there are a number of great resource links.
  • The (Episcopal) Office of Government Relations offered this Episcopal Litany for Social Justice in July 2004. It is just as relevant, if not more so now.
  • The Episcopal Church’s Framework for Anti-Racism Training
  • The Evangelical Church in America (ELCA) offers a guide: Talking Together as Christians about Tough Social Issues
  • In 2018 the United Church of Christ began an initiative: Sacred Conversations to End Racism (SC2ER). A Restorative Racial Justice Journey curriculum was created to address and dismantle racism within the Christian Church and society. The study guide and resources offer lessons to dispel myths of white skin and dominant culture supremacy.

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