Sure, most Americans have heard of lynching and perhaps it was perfunctorily talked about in a high school history class, but few understand how common and ruthlessly callous it was.
Books – Racism
Books that address racism.
How to be an Antiracist is all about reprogramming our minds. In the author’s opinion, there is no such thing as a non-racist. You are either racist or antiracist. The difference between a non-racist and an antiracist is the antiracist recognizes that racism exists, and does something about it, especially in the antiracist’s mindset.
Exceptionalism. Triumphalism. White Supremacy. Mythology. These are just a few of the words that are the bedrock of the United States of America and the white American church. The blending of Christianity with conquest dating back to the 1400’s to the Doctrine of Discovery influencing the racist and sexist wording of the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution to boarding schools and internment camps justifying white supremacy what people of color and white people have experienced living in the United State is vastly different.
Weaving her personal experience with being in a predominantly white church and the beginning of the Be the Bridge program Latasha Morrison provides details on how one can move from acknowledging and lamenting our racist past to confessing our complicity in it to repentance and full restoration.
College Park Church (Indianapolis, IN) pastor Mark Vroegop takes a broad look at lament through the Psalms with a focus on this “minor-key prayer” being the bridge that can lead to racial reconciliation.
Without many in the white evangelical church even knowing it there are usually two baked in assumptions when we try to help our poor or oppressed neighbors. One, that we have the answers and a fresh perspective to problems that have plagued communities for generations and two, that our short term volunteer work is more helpful than harmful. Pastor David Docusen weaves personal stories of learning, embarrassment and hope with the evolution of his church, Center City Church (Orlando, FL), moving from an affluent part of the city to an impoverished part.
A true story about America’s criminal justice system and how it treats people of color, the poor, the wrongly convicted, and the wrongly condemned. The material is heavy, but the author is hopeful despite his years of seeing terrible injustice.
A fantastic, thorough read penned with humility, nuance and honesty. If you are looking for an extensive resource on your journey towards racial reconciliation or are wondering what that process entails this is the book for you.
Associate professor at North Park Theological Seminary (Chicago, IL) Soong-Chan Rah meticulously goes through the five chapters of Lamentations providing a theological framework for lament while simultaneously critiquing the American church . He argues that American exceptionalism and its theology of praise has pushed out the important practice of lament in the American church.
Mars Hill Bible pastor Aslee Eiland (Grandville, MI) recalls stories from her childhood, her college years and some of her adult years as she unpacks what it means to extend kindness to other people in all situations – most of the time that just means listening – and that simple act is oftentimes messy.