RJ Articles

Racial Justice Articles

Below is a selection of articles 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

Landergan, K. (2020, June 12). The city that really did abolish the police. POLITICO. https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/06/12/camden-policing-reforms-313750
—-This article tells the story of how Camden, NJ dissolved and rebuilt its police department.

Levin, S. (2020, June 16). “It’s not about bad apples”: How US police reforms have failed to stop brutality and violence. The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/16/its-not-about-bad-apples-how-us-police-reforms-have-failed-to-stop-brutality-and-violence
—–The author contends that body cameras, bias training and other reform initiatives have failed to change police culture and behavior.

Lieber, R., & Bernard, T. S. (2020, June 9). The stark racial inequity of personal finances in America. The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/09/your-money/race-income-equality.html
——Explores the perpetuating cycle of economic inequality experienced by Black Americans across the lifespan.

North, A. (2020, June 6). How racist policing took over American cities, explained by a historian. Vox. https://www.vox.com/2020/6/6/21280643/police-brutality-violence-protests-racism-khalil-muhammad

Pahlke, E. (2020, June 1). The dangers of colorblind socialization. Psychology Today. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/diverse-development/202006/the-dangers-colorblind-socialization
———Highlights the importance of White parents talking to their children about race and racism, rather than relying on colorblind socialization.

***Stewart, D. (2020, May 8). Ahmaud Arbery and the trauma of being a black runner. Christianity Today. https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2020/may-web-only/ahmaud-arbery-black-runner-christian-pray-protest.html