We put together a short list of resources for individuals who may be new to the subject of racial justice. As courageous Christians, we pray that we will be inspired by God and engage productively in these important and challenging discussions.
Talking about race requires white people to unpack their experiences in a world that sees whiteness as the default. When we see ourselves as outside of the category of race, we feel exempt from the conversations around racism. Refusing to grapple with how the concept of race affects us only continues to divide us.
The resources below are not meant to make white people feel guilty, but rather help answer the question – “How have I been shaped by the forces of racism?”
Being “anti-racist” goes beyond simply not being racist, and moves us into action.
From the National Museum of African American History & Culture:
“When we choose to be antiracist, we become actively conscious about race and racism and take actions to end racial inequities in our daily lives. Being antiracist is believing that racism is everyone’s problem, and we all have a role to play in stopping it.”
The resources below will not only give you more information about what it means to be anti-racist, but will give you concrete actions you can take to address your own biases and have courageous conversations with others.
Until we treat others the same, regardless of their wealth or race, we will not fulfill the law “to love our neighbors as ourselves”. Use this 3-part program to open the conversation on prejudice and how it harms our relationships with others. Discuss how we can overcome prejudice through love and understanding.
Combining archival footage with testimony from activists and scholars, director Ava DuVernay’s examination of the U.S. prison system looks at how the country’s history of racial inequality drives the high rate of incarceration in America. This piercing, Oscar-nominated film won Best Documentary at the Emmys, the BAFTAs and the NAACP Image Awards.
Netflix has made it available on YouTube for free.
Runtime – 1 hour and 40 minutes. Rated TV-MA for mature audiences. May not be suitable for ages 17 and under.
After graduating from Harvard, Bryan Stevenson heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or those not afforded proper representation. One of his first cases is that of Walter McMillian, who is sentenced to die in 1987 for the murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite evidence proving his innocence. In the years that follow, Stevenson encounters racism and legal and political maneuverings as he tirelessly fights for McMillian’s life.
Just Mercy is free to stream for the month of June.
Runtime – 2 hours and 17minutes. Rated PG-13.
Allies for Racial Justice (ARJ) is a partnership between St. James United Methodist Church and Resurrection, A United Methodist Church. ARJ exists with the purpose of forging authentic relationships to eliminate the existing racial divid in our communities and churches.