Articles, Books, and Videos on Anti-Racism

by David Baer | published: Sunday, June 14, 2020, 11:49 AM

I am grateful to my colleague, Richard Hong, for starting this list of resources to which I have added:

Here is an article to start with written by an evangelical specialist in Church Communications called "Dear White People..."

Watch this video on "White Fragility" by Dr. Robin DiAngelo. This video was prepared for the United Methodist Church.

"How to deconstruct racism, one headline at a time," a TED talk by Baratunde Thurston is a humorous (but also very serious) exploration of "weaponized discomfort" (e.g. a white woman calling the police on a black birdwatcher) and the burdens it imposes on black people.

Watch the Frontline documentary, "A Class Divided", on a teacher in Iowa who used a simple technique to allow her grade school students to experience discrimination.

Read this article, "Collective Han", that links a Korean concept called "Han" - an experience of collective trauma - to the rage we see in the protests. 

Watch this video from Bill Moyers' Journal where Bill Moyers interviews the late Professor James Cone of Union Theological Seminary, on Prof. Cone's book, "The Cross and the Lynching Tree"

The feature film, "Just Mercy", based on the life and work of civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson, is available for free from many online streaming services during the month of June.

Do you think you aren't biased? The Harvard Implicit Association Test measures the implicit bias we have because of the speed with which we make associations of "good" and favored qualities like "white", "male", and "straight." (Even people of color often exhibit pro-white bias on this test, demonstrating the pervasiveness of these unconscious associations.)

Here is a list of racism resources from the PCUSA Store.

Here is an even longer list of anti-racism resources from Illustrated Ministry. Many of these resources are geared especially to parents.

Do you like books? Here are some titles: Race Matters by Cornel West. The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. Waking Up White by Debbie Irving. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.