The Guardian has a powerful collection of essays they’ve collected over the past year which explore race — and particularly racism — in America.
Here we are again. With one person carrying hate and vitriol — and a semi-automatic weapon –into a community of faith and gunning down 11 people.
Once again, no words can adequately convey the horror, anguish, anger, and grief that arise. Turn to past posts here for dozens of resources for communities in pain. And then get out and vote in the mid-term elections next week.
As statements emerge I will post them here (please send them if you know of some).
Here is a great initial introduction to the practice of acknowledging the land upon which we live and work, land which was colonized through genocide of native peoples.
Here’s a good brief introduction to Robin DiAngelo’s discussion of white fragility :
Here’s a useful interview with author Margaret Hagerman, who studied a series of upper middle class white families ostensibly committed to ending racism. You can tell from that adjective — “ostensibly” — that the situation is more complex than these families acknowledged.
Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr. William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies at Princeton University and the author of Democracy in Black, has written a compelling essay in Time Magazine which explores the challenges of living in a country which has used race since its founding as lever for power.
Here’s an eloquent and important essay, aimed at helping white people understand why there need to be spaces for people of color to engage each other, minus the “white gaze.”
This journalist’s attempt to engage recent polling led him to an interesting experience with twitter.
Many universities are encouraging their faculty, staff, and students to do shared reading. Here is Seattle University’s list of suggestions for engaging issues of diversity and inclusion during the summer of 2018.