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Resources for Understanding Systemic Racism

Race and Racism are complex issues that continue to face the United States. It is an ongoing and evolving conversation.  This page is meant to be a resource for people seeking more information. None of the books, movies, websites, or other information that is listed is intended to be the “go to” for information. As a congregation, Southminster is working to engage in conversations around race and racial disparity.  There is history to learn and voices to be heard in the midst of these conversations. 

As people of faith, we know that Jesus walked with those on the margins and cared for the most vulnerable of people. We too are called to walk with those who are and have been oppressed and to work for a more just and equitable future.  The resources below are a sample of what can be found. 

For Adults: 
White Fragility – Robin DiAnglo

Exploring White Fragility: Debating the Effects of Whiteness Studies on America’s Schools – Christopher Paslay

Stamped From the Beginning –  Ibram X Kendi

Caste – Isabela Wilkerson

Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Sum of Us – What Racism Costs Everyone and How we Can Prosper Together – Heather McGhee

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot

History of Racism in Kansas City – G.S. Griffin

Funny You Don’t Look Asian – Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow

Resources from Heartland Presbytery Three Year Initiative Committee

For Youth:
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You – Jason Reynolds and Ibram X Kendi

18 YA Books to Diversify your Kids’ Bookshelves and Make them Better Allies –  Popsugar Family

Children’s Books
Antiracism Baby – Ibram X Kendi
A Kids Book About Racism – Jelani Memory

Systemic Racism Explained – video

CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall on Racism – video

Talking About Race Virtual Exhibit – National Museum of African American History and Culture

Being Anti Racist: A Primer – from Synod of Mid America

Deconstructing White Privilege  – Video with Robin DiAngelo

Just Mercy
The Hate U Give
Remember the Titans
Hidden Figures
Ruby Bridges

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