Racism

Lord, make us seekers of shalom. Rid our hearts of our love of the status quo, our comfort in complacency, our preference for absence of conflict. Cultivate in us, God, a love for true shalom: wholeness, flourishing, a world made right.

– A prayer from The Liturgy of Politics, Kaitlyn Schiess

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ARTICLES

ARTICLE: It’s Time to Listen

A collection of seven succinct articles penned by black pastors, authors and one former policeman following the murder of Micheal Brown in 2014. Stacy Hillard’s, Leonce Crump’s part 1 and Bryan Loritts articles are standouts. A good three or four presses of the page down key should get you to the start of each article – it is worth the extra work.

ARTICLE: George Floyd and Me

A raw, openhearted reply by an African American after he is asked how he is doing after seeing another African American man killed at the hands of a cop.

ARTICLE: Racial Injustice Has Benefited Me

A personal narrative that explains how the way we tell our personal stories is a reflection of our understanding of racism. We really like how Phil Vischer expertly strips back the layers of his own personal story and how that fit in with the overall system in the United States.

ARTICLE: Waking Up: Christianity, White Privilege, and the Dark Side of American History

A detailed, highly researched article that balances historical, cultural and biblical narratives and chronicles the systematic oppression of African Americans. Forrest cites loads of research and clearly makes his point at the beginning of the article that he wants to move the reader from understanding (empathy, listening) to what can be done to change (action).


BOOKS

BOOK: At the Hands of Persons Unknown

Grounded in Genesis in the Imago Dei The Gospel in Color firmly traces the evolution of racism back to the garden of Eden when sin entered the world. But, Jesus coming into the world and dying on a cross allows us to be reconciled to him while modeling what it takes to be reconciled to each other.

BOOK: How to Be an Antiracist

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.

BOOK: Unsettling Truths

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.

BOOK: Be the Bridge

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.

BOOK: Weep with Me

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.


MOVIES

MOVIE: Accidental Courtesy

Musician Daryl Davis has made it one of his life’s missions to answer the question ‘why do you hate me when you know nothing about me?’ by sitting down and talking with white supremacists and members of the Klu Klux Klan. Over multiple decades Davis has befriended numerous members of the KKK by listening and forming a relationship with people that hate him because of the color of his skin.

MOVIE: Just Mercy

A movie based on the true story told in the book, “Just Mercy.” It tells the story of lawyer Bryan Stevenson (played by Michael Jordan), who works to overturn the wrongful conviction of an African-American man named Walter McMillian (played by Jamie Foxx).

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MOVIE: I am Not Your Negro

Actor Samuel L. Jackson reads from author James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript Remember This House over video clips and pictures from the sixties. Baldwin’s criticism of white America hits right to the core – especially for the white church. Presented in the vein of a Ken Burns documentary. Though most of the footage is over 50 years old, it could have come out of today’s headlines. If you are watching on Amazon Prime, pause the movie and use the x-ray feature to learn about the lesser known historical figures. Note that there are graphic images.

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MOVIE: 13th

A visceral, sobering history of the systemic, calculated oppression of African Americans in the United States. This should be required viewing in High School American History classes. Note that there are graphic images and language.


PODCASTS

PODCAST: Anti-Asian Discrimination in the Age of Covid

A wide ranging discussion with leaders in Black and Asian communities that touches on the anti-Asian racism statement, the model minority myth, the weaponization of white supremacy and how Asian and Black communities have been racist against each other and how the two communities need to unite.

PODCAST: Action Steps To Equip The Church To Fight Racial Injustice

A call to the church to get involved in civic matters by bearing witness, preparing for action, supporting and partnering with institutions, focusing on criminal justice elections, engaging with elected officials, advocating for policy change and helping low income churches.

PODCAST: Listen. Lament, Legislate. Part I

Even though the audio is poor at times, this is one of the best discussions on race we have heard. The participants, who have lived and are living through this seemingly ever changing situation, challenge the listener to educate one’s self, lament and then take action. When you are done make sure to check out part 2.

PODCAST: Listen. Lament, Legislate. Part II

An excellent, highly recommended round table discussion that focuses on the legislative side of the anti-racism movement. If you want to know what you can do as an individual then this is the podcast for you, but before listening make sure you listen to part 1.


SERMONS

SERMON: I Can’t Breathe

A moving, impassioned sermon by Progressive Baptist Church’s (Chicago, IL) Charlie Dates who says that racism in America is a fundamental theological issue as some people don’t see that humans are unique and are created by God.

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SERMON: Why “Black Lives Matter” Matters

Pastor and podcaster Mike Erre deftly answers this question (“Prove to me that the Bible says I must value black lives, and hate ethnic supremacy.”) that he received on Twitter using Biblical proof. Delivered in the style of a sermon.

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SERMON: The Crime Scene

Dr. John Perkins says that the church has fundamentally got it wrong and that we must repent of our sins – pride, greed – and that our only hope is in Jesus and a multi ethnic church. Audio volume is a little lower than normal, so make sure to turn it up

SERMON: Ethnic Unity

Rapper and Del Ray Baptist (Alexandria, VA) pastor Shai Linne makes a passionate case for ethnic unity based on Biblical principles centered on the gospel along with grace, unity, patience, humility and bearing with one another in love. One of our favorite resources.


SHOWS

SHOW: Invisible Minorities

A one-hour lecture on the history of discrimination against Asian people in America and how the model minority myth still exists and is used as a wedge between the Asian and Black communities.

SHOW: The Color of Compromise

Author Jemar Tisby traces the intertwining of race, the church and politics from the 1400’s into the 21st century in his 12-part study series with episodes ranging from 5 to 26 minutes. Tisby clearly shows how racism has been woven into the fabric of American life with the church’s explicit and implicit support.

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SHOW: Race in America (Part 1 and 2)

In part 1 and clocking in at just under 18 minutes VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer discusses some of the systems that were put in place by the American government to harm the black community. In part 2 Vischer answers the four questions he was asked the most. Accessible, easy to follow and highly recommended.

SHOW: Uncomfortable conversations with a black man

A continuing series with Fox Sports analyst Emmanuel Acho who answers hard to ask questions people, specifically white people, have about growing up black in America, systemic racism and much more. Each week he brings on a new guest. If you have a question that you are afraid of or uncomfortable asking – then check out his episodes for the answer. Engaging and highly recommended.