Peace's resources for understanding racism in America
For far too long, our Black and Brown neighbors have experienced racism at the hands of racist individuals, yes, but also racist institutions, structure, and systems. As a church who has established its foundation on the word of God, which calls us to love our neighbors (Mk 12:31), battle against systems of oppression (Eph 6:12), and become more like Jesus (Eph 4:22-24 ), we must charge ourselves with our own education on these issues.
To that end, we have compiled a shortlist of resources and ask that you set aside some time to love your neighbor by investing in them. There are many more resources than what we have listed below, but we do not want to overwhelm you with options. If you are looking for a different kind of resource than what is provided here, feel free to reach out to one of the members of staff or make use of your online search engine.
I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
White Fragility: Why it’s so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin Diangelo
How to Be Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
A Theology of Black Liberation by James Cone
Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman
More Ted Talks on racism can be found at this link: