Racial Justice Resources
Below is a selection of sources chosen and annotated by Jennifer Brown and Michele Sigg, members of St. John’s and co-leaders, along with Shancia Jarrett, of the 4-week ZOOM seminar Seeking Racial Justice, Part 1: Christians Listening. Specifically Christian content is marked with ***. The content is provided to encourage and support a better awareness of the effects of systemic racism at the interpersonal and institutional level in our society.
Alter, C. (2020, June 5). Black Lives Matter activists want to end police violence. But they disagree on how to do it. Time. https://time.com/5848318/black-lives-matter-activists-tactics/
Cooper, H. (2020, May 25). African-Americans are highly visible in the military, but almost invisible at the top. The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/25/us/politics/military-minorities-leadership.html
***Kingston, J. (2020, June 3). A soul check for white Christians. Christianity Today. https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2020/june-web-only/soul-check-for-white-christians.html
***Rowe, S. W. (2020). Healing racial trauma: The road to resilience. IVP, an imprint of InterVarsity Press.
——–The author, a professional counselor, reveals the symptoms of racial trauma. She shares the stories of people of color in an exploration of how we experience and recover from racial trauma.
Stamper, N. (2016). To protect and serve: How to fix America’s police. Nation Books.
—-Former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper discusses the toxic culture of American police and shares his community policing model. This model radically restructures police operations, including policymaking, training, and oversight.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom. (2014, October 10). The Library of Congress. https://www.loc.gov/exhibits/civil-rights-act/civil-rights-era.html
——-This exhibition commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It explores the events that influenced the civil rights movement and the impact of the legislation on the struggle for equality.
Tears of America: The riots of 1968 – U. S. National Archives. (n.d.). Google Arts & Culture. Retrieved June 23, 2020, from https://artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/tears-of-america-the-riots-of-1968/AQKiS4WGYdtMJg
——This exhibit focuses on six major cities which were rocked by civil unrest following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr in 1968. The photos were taken by HUD a year after the riots to document the destruction left behind.
***Unchained. A 50 minute video on the devastating effects of generational trauma that descendants of slaves and oppressors suffer and the Christian path to healing.
Why the U.S. military hasn’t made more progress on overcoming racism. (2020, June 9). PBS NewsHour. https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/why-the-u-s-military-hasnt-made-more-progress-on-overcoming-racism
Fmr. Seattle Police Chief: Police Culture “Toxic”. (2020, June 23). Amanpour and Company. https://youtu.be/oSxelzX8kmU
—–Northeastern School of Law’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project has developed a training program for police departments, The Historical Injustices and Present Policing Project, that educates police in the history of racial injustices and violence. The first police department to use the program was the Cambridge Police Department in Boston.
“Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man”: Emmanuel Acho is a former NFL player, the son of Nigerian immigrants, and a Christian. He started this series to spark conversations about racism, systemic racism, and social injustice.
A short interview with Robin Di Angelo speaking about her sociological research on “White Fragility.” It is somewhat of an eye opener and reminds us of Rev. Chuck’s sermon and his remark about white people’s unwitting racism.
13th, a Netflix documentary by Ava Duvernay on the historic roots of American racism. An excellent introduction to the history of systemic racism embedded in American culture.