SHOW: Can the Church Say Black Lives Matter?

Pastor Rasool Berry (The Bridge Church | Brooklyn, NY) provides answers to common critiques about the church being involved in justice and partnering with non-Christian causes. He adeptly points out that some churches have always been involved in justice and the many ways in which we use secular theories, but reject the parts that don't align with our faith. He concludes his 9-minute talk with what we can do about it.

SHOW: Race, Faith, and Community

Since the 16th century when Jesuit priest Jose de Acosta created the theology of extraction giving a Christian rationale for exploiting indigenous people on land with valuable minerals we have been dealing with the affects of racialized geography. In a speech for Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary Dr. Willie Jennings discusses the way the rich and powerful manipulate the system to ensure that things stay the way they are. This applies to race too, the rich and powerful (mostly the dominant white culture in the United States) manipulate the system to ensure that property is divided up so the rich and powerful have their part of cities/towns/etc. and the not rich and powerful are kept out.

SHOW: The Jim Crow Museum

The founder and curator of the New Jim Crow museum, Dr. David Pilgrim, gives short history lessons as he walks viewers through his museum. One of the points that the museum attempts to get across (and does well) is the pervasive nature of the racist laws, caricatures, and violence against Black people across the United States. Well worth 23 minutes of your time. This is an excellent video for a history class or small group discussion.

MOVIE: LA 92

At first glace LA 92 is a history lesson about the 1992 Los Angeles riots, but just below the surface is a warning and a call for Americans to wake up. For hundreds of years Black people and people of color have complained about police brutality and, unfortunately, most of the time white people have ignored or dismissed the calls for help or justice. This indifference and callousness combined with other issues such as high unemployment, underfunded schools, and aggressive policing tactics has led to frustration which manifests itself in violence.

SHOW: A Different Kind of Force – Policing Mental Illness

Conservatively speaking, one in ten police interactions involve a mentally ill person, but rarely are police trained to deal with a person having a mental illness crisis. A Different Kind of Force follows the San Antonino police mental health unit as they respond to mental health situations and strive to employ crisis intervention training despite not receiving enough funding and support.

SHOW: Policing the police (2020)

After documenting the Newark, New Jersey police department in 2016 historian and writer Jelani Cobb returns to examine the changes the police department has undergone in four years after being signaled out by the Department of Justice for routinely violating people's civil rights and mandating changes.