Dismantling systemic racism in America is ongoing work. There are many systems in place that work together to perpetuate the overt and sometimes covert acts of racism that Black people face on a daily basis. Having an awareness of these structures and the role that they continually play is important. We want to share a few resources with you that have left on mark on us individually. Each resource helps to shed additional light on systemic racism in America, it’s impact on the Black community, and the direct linkage to social injustice. Click on each title for additional information.
“ Our Black and African-African American student-athletes and staff have now been thrust into conversations about diversity and inclusion. I find this quite interesting because these are ongoing conversations within our communities. In response to everything going on, we are now the experts and people are listening. This conversation is real! The conversation among these industry leaders in sports was thought-provoking and filled with solutions for real change in the world of college athletics.
“This documentary caused me to shutter as I thought about the countless young Black and Brown young men that I’ve worked with as an Educator in the public school system. This documentary sheds lights on the criminal justice system, the Black family, underserved Black communities, policing, corruption within Correctional Facilities, mass incarceration, mental health in the Black community, healthcare disparities, implicit bias, poverty, employment, and I could add to this list. The theme that resonated with me the most was that of Black Motherhood. Venida Browder literally fought to her death for her son. As a mother, this hit at my very core. This documentary is not easy to watch but it is highly recommended.
“ I highly recommend this books as it notes the complicity of the church in regards to race. Not only is the book strikingly honest with the historical context of race in America as its foundation, but poignant in how the American church has played a role in staying complicit on the injustices of its Black and Brown brothers and sisters in Christ. Jemar Tisby does a great job of highlighting the moments of clear failure while equally sharing the many ways in which the church can rectify its past shortcomings in present and future.”
Dismantling Systemic Racism is not only hard work, its HEART work. Racial reconciliation is not easy to talk about or frankly to swallow during times of social unrest but the Word of God commands us to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Matt 22:39). As Christians, we have to examine ourselves and fully come to grips with what this scripture means. Let’s be clear that this does not diminish the work that must be done but it helps us to position ourselves and our hearts to roll up our sleeves and get to work. Please see the Resources on Racial Unity from Dr. Tony Evans for additional study.
Additional Resource Recommendations:
What is Systemic Racism? –Dr. Tony Evans
Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria –Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum
13th –Ava DuVernay
Uncomfortable Conversations With A Black Man –Emmanuel Acho
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