Here is a piece that was first published back in 2013 offering a strong critique of the liberal use of the word “ally.” I still agree with Chescaleigh’s offering of “5 tips for being an ally” — one of which is that “ally” is a verb! — but I think this piece offers some important pushback on the use of “ally” when it means only personal perspectives rather than actual action.
Here’s an even more concise piece by Robin DiAngelo on “white fragility.”
Reggie Williams offers some ideas for ways to help students “see whiteness.”
It is very much worth noting this advice on self care for people of color after trauma. And in perhaps the same vein, this advice for white people on ways to process emotion without bringing the white tears.
This morning we woke up in MN to the latest killing of a Black person by a police officer. This time it was Philando Castile, shot in his car in front of his girlfriend and her 4 year old daughter. Words fail.
As always, we will try to post useful pieces at this blog. In the meantime, here are a few to begin with:
- a litany for those who aren’t ready for healing
- Campaign Zero (ten point platform for ending police violence)
- MN ACLU Mobile Justice app (to make documentation easier)
- Presiding Bishop of the ELCA, Eizabeth Eaton’s, statement
- Stated Clerk of the PCUSA, J. Herbert Nelson II’s statement
- Statement from the St. Paul Public Schools (where Philando worked)
- Statement from Lutherans of African Descent
Jesse Williams, known for his work on the hit TV show Grey’s Anatomy, took time at the recent BET Awards to speak bluntly about systemic racism, and the need for transformation in the US. There’s a great collection of his talks at the Zinn site, but here’s the speech from the award ceremony:
Given the intensity of the Islamophobia being stirred up by this year’s political campaigns, it can be helpful to engage some common myths. This piece does a very nice job of that in relation to Islamic understandings of sharia.
Here’s a lovely illustration of how to appreciate another person’s or community’s culture, rather than seeking to appropriate it. The difference matters! It’s the difference between approaching and learning vs. assuming and taking.
Here’s an excellent reminder that working in solidarity with Black and Indigenous peoples is no easy task, and requires an ability to stand on your own two feet and do your own work.
Welcome to the Racial Justice Collaborative in Theological Education. We are a group of teachers and learners who come together under the auspices of the MN Consortium of Theological Schools to work on issues of racial justice in communities of faith, and more specifically, to work on preparing pastoral leaders to do this work.
Our first project is to develop a public bibliography of resources.