Standing Together Against Racism

Protests and riots continue across the country over racial injustice and the inequities in our criminal justice system. Because our church does not involve itself in politics some may assume racism is an area where we choose to remain neutral. Let me be clear. It is not.

We condemn racism in all forms, from the personal prejudice of individuals and groups to the systemic inequities built into the systems of our society.

We condemn white supremacy as a philosophy and as one of the “spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” against which we must take our stand.

We condemn abuses of power by police and the careless use of excessive force that has harmed the lives of black people and communities disproportionately.

While outrage and protests are understandable and important responses to injustice, we condemn violence against police, businesses and our communities.

We are thankful for the many good police officers that serve and protect our communities fairly. We pray for their safety and success in reforming the system in which they serve.

As those who follow Jesus in a predominantly white church, it is important for us to stand with our black brothers and sisters during this time and affirm that their lives matter.

This is not endorsing a political position or side. People of color are on both sides of the political aisle. But whatever our political perspectives, we must stand together as one body in Christ. Each person has a unique story and we want those stories to be told and listened to and learned from.

There are powerful forces at work in the spiritual realm that want to divide and destroy our country, our families, churches, marriages, friendships and every other good thing God created. When Jesus encountered someone with deep pain he always responded with compassion and mercy. Let’s follow his example.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5

Resources

These are a list of recommended resources that some of our staff are starting to work their way through. We have not engaged with all of them but are starting to engage with some.

***We want to give a huge shoutout to the Justice and Mercy ministry at Risen Church that put this resource together. Their team spent a lot of time on it and we are grateful for their voice in this conversation*** 

Books

  • Between the World & Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby
  • Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
  • Divided by Faith by Michael Emerson
  • Generous Justice by Tim Keller
  • I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown
  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  • Ministries of Mercy by Tim Keller
  • Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
  • Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X Kendi
  • The Cross & the Lynching Tree by James Cone
  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
  • The Myth of Equality: Uncovering the Roots of Injustice and Privilege by Ken Wytsma
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  • The Third Reconstruction by Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II
  • White Awake by Daniel Hill
  • White Like Me: Reflections on Race From a Privileged Son by Tim Wise
  • White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson
  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Daniel Tatum

Articles

  • “14 Examples of Systemic Racism in the US Criminal Justice System” https://www.commondreams.org/views/2010/07/26/fourteen-examples-systemic-racism- us-criminal-justice-system
  • Antiracism and America (A collaboration between The Guardian and American University’s Antiracist Research and Policy Center, this is an ongoing series that sheds light on the structures at the root of racial inequities.) https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/series/antiracism-and-america
  • “It’s Never Too Soon to Talk about Race in Your Church” http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2016/july-web-only/its-never-too-soon-to-talk- about-race-in-your-church.html
  • “The Chasm Between White Theology & Black Liberation Theology” by Brandi Miller http://thesaltcollective.org/the-chasm-between-white-theology-and-black-liberation/
  • “White people assume niceness is the answer to racial inequality. It’s not.” by Robin diAngelo https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jan/16/racial-inequality-niceness- white-people
  • “White Privilege, and What We’re Supposed To Do” http://www.rageagainsttheminivan.com/2013/07/white-privilege-and-what-were- supposed.html
  • “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Peggy McIntosh https://www.racialequitytools.org/resourcefiles/mcintosh.pdf
  • “Why Jesus’ Skin Color Matters” by Cristina Cleveland http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2016/april/why-jesus-skin-color-matters.html

Podcasts

  • “Black & White: Racism in America” by The Liturgists featuring Propaganda http://www.theliturgists.com/podcast/2016/3/29/episode-34-black-and-white-racism-in- america
  • “Can We Talk About Whiteness” by Code Switch https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2016/05/31/479733094/the-code-switch- podcast-episode-1-can-we-talk-about-whiteness
  • “Defining Systemic Racism” http://www.podasterynetwork.com/2016/03/06/defining-systemic-racism/
  • “Defining White Privilege” http://www.podasterynetwork.com/2016/03/12/defining-white-privilege/
  • Ekemini Uwan https://youtu.be/JVBdX2U5COo
  • “How to be a White Ally” http://www.podasterynetwork.com/2016/04/01/3373/
  • Interview with Bryan Stevenson from the Equal Justice Initiative http://www.podasterynetwork.com/2017/11/27/interview-bryan-stevenson/
  • Miss Buchanan’s Period of Adjustment by Malcolm Gladwell http://revisionisthistory.com/seasons?selected=season-2
  • Pass the Mic https://thewitnessbcc.com/pass-the-mic/
  • “The Color of Law” Commentary on NPR https://www.npr.org/2017/05/17/528822128/the-color-of-law-details-how-u-s-housing- policies-created-segregation
  • “The Problem We All Live In” Pt. 1 by This American Life https://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/562/the-problem-we-all-live- with-part-one
  • “The Problem We All Live In” Pt. 2 by This American Life
    https://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/563/the-problem-we-all-live- with-part-two
  • Truths Table https://www.truthstable.com/podcast
  • Urbana by Tom Skinner in 1970 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvKQx4ycTmA&t=622s
  • “I am not a racist! Or at least I don’t think I am…” With 10 Steps Further Podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/10-steps-further/id1293788430?i=1000420891152

Videos / Films

  • “5 Things You Need to Know About Racism” by Decoded https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eTWZ80z9EE
  • “13” directed by Ava Duvernay (Netflix)
  • “A Biblical Response on Race” by Tony Evans https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=KbhNCTJ-dUI&app=desktop
  • “Adam Ruins the Suburbs” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETR9qrVS17g
  • “How Structural Racism Works” by Tricia Rose https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KT1vsOJctMk&feature=youtu.be
  • “I Am Not Your Negro” directed by Raoul Peck http://www.iamnotyournegrofilm.com/
  • Lecture on the Biblical Ordering of Justice by Mako Nagasawa https://vimeo.com/167046343
  • “On White Privilege” by Tim Wise https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3Xe1kX7Wsc
  • “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross” This is a 6 part series explaining Black History (Amazon Prime Video)
  • “The Next Question” by Austin Channing Brown, Jenny Booth Potter, and Chi Chi Okwu This is “the video web series imagining how expansive racial justice can be” https://www.tnqshow.com/
  • “White Like Me” (A documentary based on Tim Wise’s book of the same title) https://www.kcet.org/shows/link-voices/watch-exclusive-clip-from-documentary-white- like-me

Publications

  • Sojourners Magazine https://sojo.net/
  • The Root https://www.theroot.com/

Organizations

  • Border Angels https://www.borderangels.org/
  • California Innocence Project (CIP) https://californiainnocenceproject.org/
  • Innocence Project https://www.innocenceproject.org/
  • Repairers of the Breach https://www.breachrepairers.org/
  • Showing Up For Racial Justice https://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/

Black/ Multi-ethnic Christian authors

  • Thabiti Anyabwile Reverend
  • Dr. William J. Barber II
  • Anthony Bradley Anthony
  • Carter Soon Chan Rah
  • Christina Cleveland James H.
  • Cone Carl Ellis Tony Evans
  • Justo Gonzalez
  • Duke Kwon
  • Crawford
  • Loritts Eric
  • Mason John
  • Perkins Eric C.
  • Redmond
  • Efren Smith
  • Gardner Taylor
  • Jemar Tisby
  • Ekemini Uwan