White people working with white people on racism often encounter feelings of deep shame, and it can be important to help them work through the feelings — and note the differences between guilt (I did something wrong), and shame (I am wrong). This is a TED talk by Brene Brown that many of us have found useful in this process.
This is a short youtube video by chescaleigh which does a particularly good job of defining privilege, and offering a very brief list of ways to be an ally to marginalized groups.
She has also done an animated version that might work well for kids, called “Sometimes you’re a caterpillar.”
There’s a lovely free resource available from the Center for Racial Justice Innovation, which offers clear, concise definitions, examples and case studies for understanding and engaging racism. The examples are mostly related to media, but are nonetheless compelling and well written.
There have been lots of posts lately across the web, with advice to white people about how to be engaged in the struggle for racial justice. Here’s one of the most direct and concise ones I’ve read lately. I’m sharing it with my students. What is yours?
In part because of Ferguson, but perhaps more so from years of supporting faculty projects, the Wabash Center has just launched a blog entitled “Race Matters” which will seek to create a forum for teaching on race in theology and religious studies. They’re looking for essays — consider sending them something!
There’s nearly an avalanche of useful information on racial justice issues rushing through social media these days, as people try to come to grips with the death by police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO. We’re going to try and collect some of it in this post (which we’ll update periodically). Please use the comments to suggest more to us.
Start with the #FergusonSyllabus hashtag, where many people are sending resources.
Here’s the Wabash Center’s list of resources and their list of articles in the Wabash journal
The NYTimes has collected a set of resources
Then the OdysseyNetwork is starting to put together a series of videos and essay reflections.
There are summaries of news pieces, set into context.
And there are reflections by MN educators.
What else are you sharing?
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.