Racial Justice

CRC Statement on Racism, 6/17/20 The Consultation of Religious Communities (CRC) consists of a diverse group of faith communities in Johnson County. In the aftermath of the death of George Floyd and the resulting protests in this nation and around the world, we wish to make our response known. We believe deeply that Black Lives Matter and deplore the deaths of all people of color whose lives have been ended through the excessive use of force by law enforcement officers. The pursuit of justice requires that such actions be investigated and, when deemed criminal, be punished to the full extent of the law. We also express our support of those in our community who protest these actions peacefully and emphatically, honoring the fallen and demanding real change. Recognizing that statements of support, demands for justice, and expressions of anger are necessary, we hope they can be the beginning of serious change. However, we do not believe that they alone will change the underlying systemic racism of our society. Racism will only be defeated when we reach out beyond boundaries, truly get to know, and understand people who are not “our” color and begin to form new extended communities of trust and communication. To that end, we pledge to provide resources and tangible support to our faith communities in a concerted effort to reach across lines of color for dialogue and understanding. Specifically, we will help them address these tasks: 1. Becoming aware of the history of racism in our nation and its forms which exist today even in our faith communities. 2. Becoming aware of the reality of “white privilege” and how it affects people of all colors. 3. Creating opportunities for listening to our neighbors of color to hear whatever they wish to share with us. 4. Creating opportunities for developing personal relationships across color lines in our respective faith communities and neighborhoods. 5. Providing ongoing learning opportunities for the entire community when appropriate. 6. Supporting the positive steps toward change that are developed and implemented by our governing bodies while maintaining an ongoing respectful dialogue with them. We believe deeply that each person is created a child of God and loved by God without limit. Knowing this, we will not rest until all forms of racism in our communities and in this county are identified, addressed, and eliminated. The Consultation of Religious Communities Links to Resource Lists For the Study and Understanding of Racism The following resource lists provide a myriad of written and audio-visual resource suggestions for the study of racism in America and learning how to be an anti-racist. They present different aspects of the issues involved which will be useful for anyone engaged in this study subject. Building Beloved Community: An excellent list of varied resources is on their website: https://becomingbelovedcommunity.org/resources The Iowa City Public Library: Their Black Lives Matter web page contains many resources available at the library, specifically books and streaming movies: https://www.icpl.org/blm Black Lives Matter Anti-Racist Resource List: List compiled by Black Lives Matter B-town: https://blm.btown-in.org/anti-racist-resource-list.html A Detailed List of Anti-Racism Resources by Katie Couric: https://medium.com/wake-up-call/a-detailed-list-of-anti-racism-resources-a34b259a3eea First, Listen. Then, Learn: Anti-Racism Resources for White People from Forbes Magazine: A very comprehensive list of all types of resources for learning about racism: https://www.forbes.com/sites/juliawuench/2020/06/02/first-listen-then-learn-anti-racism-resources-for-white-people/#58d8fe8816ee Writers’ Guild of America West - Anti-Racism Resource List: Very useable list of varying types of resources: https://www.wga.org/the-guild/advocacy/inclusion-and-equity/anti-racism-resource-list Smithsonian Magazine – 158 resources on the History of Racism in America: An awesome article with dozens of links to resources – invaluable history lessons: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/158-resources-understanding-systemic-racism-america-180975029/ The Interfaith Alliance of Iowa Resource List on Racism: See attached pages Gloria Dei Lutheran Church of Iowa City Resource List on Anti-Racism: See attached pages First Christian Church of Iowa City Resource List on Racism: See attached pages: Interfaith Alliance of Iowa – Resource List on Racism NEW RESOURCES https://www.christiancentury.org/article/news/majority-white-christians-see-no-pattern-killings https://www.ksdk.com/article/news/community/this-is-no-surprise-to-us-webster-groves-churches-hit-with-graffiti-backlash-for-holding-blm-vigils/63-4abdc884-3b99-48a5-a088-8da3116f4028 https://www.thegazette.com/subject/opinion/guest-columnist/dont-squander-this-opportunity-white-people-20200926 RESOURCE LIST (ongoing) Articles SOJOURNERS: https://sojo.net/articles/moment-truth-white-christianity NEW YORK TIMES: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/17/opinion/evangelicals-qanon.html Black Leaders Conversation with Ruby Sales https://www.npr.org/2020/09/09/911005948/black-pastor-wants-his-mostly-white-congregation-to-understand-racial-justice?fbclid=IwAR28OiB9LBTVwkHa7kEbLnuo-pKhsBZpLMWirRMkmoMrDneHCVSCBg0RLJk Faith and denominational resources – children and youth https://www.sanctuaryic.org/kids-wing-blog//book-lists-descriptions Faith and denominational resources – adults VIDEOS available at www.pmrv.org https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/columnists/iowa-view/2020/08/30/black-lives-matter-white-pastors-arrest-des-moines-revelation/5638583002/ Beloved Community: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0RRN7YwgzE&feature=youtu.be Beloved Communityhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yExLmZ8lgMc&feature=youtu.be https://becomingbelovedcommunity.org/2020-vision Center for Social Ministry https://elca.org/votes https://www.uccresources.com/products/white-privilege-lets-talk-a-resource-for-transformational-dialogue-pdf-download https://www.ucc.org/justice_advocacy_resources_pdfs_anti-racism_anti-racism-resources https://www.ucc.org/sacred_conversations_to_end_racism http://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/unitedchurchofchrist/legacy_url/393/Sacred-Conversation-on-Race-Resource-Guide-NEW-small.pdf?1418423758 https://disciples.org/resources/justice/acts-of-reconciliation/ https://www.gcorr.org/30-days-of-anti-racism/ https://www.adl.org/ https://www.pcusa.org/racial-justice-resources/ Secular resources UICHR website Previous webinar recordings and other racial justice info is available https://www.tolerance.org/moment/racism-and-police-violence Be the Bridge https://justvoicesia.org/ https://eji.org/ https://www.antiracismdaily.com/?utm_term=0_c1e01f2335-3c0f0fa5a3-212091280 Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Iowa City, Resource List on Racism Books: • • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo • • Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah • • How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi • • A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn • • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo • • The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton and Lara Love Hardin • • I Know Why The Caged Birds Sing by Maya Angelou Book and Movie with same name (same story) • • Just Mercy by based on civil rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson’s work on death row in Alabama Movies • • Becoming, a Netflix documentary following Michelle Obama on her book tour • • When They See Us, a Netflix miniseries from Ava DuVernay about the Central Park Five • • 13th, a Netflix documentary exposing racial inequality within the criminal justice system • • I Am Not Your Negro, a documentary envisioning the book James Baldwin was never able to finish • • Selma, a film that chronicles the marches of the Civil Rights Movement • • Whose Streets?, a documentary about the uprising in Ferguson • • The Central Park Five, a documentary from Ken Burns Anti-Racism Beginner’s Reading Kit • • Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X Kendi. • • A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn • • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo • • So, You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo Anti-Racism Intermediate Reading Kit • •The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of ColorblindnessbyMichelle Alexander. • •The Burning House: Jim Crow and the Making of Modern AmericabyAnders Walker. •The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America by Khali lGibran Muhammad •Dying ofWhiteness:HowthePoliticsofRacialResentmentisKillingAmerica'sHeartlandbyJonathanM.Metzl • • First Christian Church, Iowa City – Resource List on Racism Protest and Violence - Erin Wathan, “Let It Burn,” at her blog irreverin found on patheos.com, May 31, 2020 https://www.patheos.com/blogs/irreverin/2020/05/let-it-burn/?fbclid=IwAR2HUvN5pcjXwap6CL3uHCV9kM4x_J4klaP5-ZRo7XSeAQi2xvdIa_-sQDM Charles M. Blow, "Destructive Power of Despair" in The New York Times, May 31, 2020 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/31/opinion/george-floyd-protests.html?referringSource=articleShare Rev. Dr. William Barber, "A Pastoral Letter to the Nation," May 31, 2020 https://www.breachrepairers.org/blogs/a-pastoral-letter-to-the-nation# Trevor Noah, "George Floyd and the Dominos of Racial Injustice" from the Daily Social Distancing Show, May 29, 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4amCfVbA_c Harlem by Langston Hughes What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore— And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over— like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags like a heavy load. Or does it explode? White Privilege - "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack" by Peggy McIntosh https://nationalseedproject.org/Key-SEED-Texts/white-privilege-unpacking-the-invisible-knapsack "My White Friend Asked Me to Explain White Privilege, So I Decided to Be Honest" by Lori Lakin Hutcherson https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/transformation/my-white-friend-asked-me-to-explain-white-privilege-so-i-decide/ White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo Waking Up White by Debby Irving Examples/History of Systemic Racism - Birth of a White Nation: The Invention of White People and Its Relevance Today by Jacqueline Battalora The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexandar "'Unarmed Black Man' Doesn't Mean What You Think It Means" by Kelly McBride https://www.npr.org/sections/publiceditor/2020/05/21/859498255/unarmed-black-man-doesnt-mean-what-you-think-it-means Get Home Safely: Ten Rules of Survival by Salt Project https://www.saltproject.org/progressive-christian-blog/2015/1/14/get-home-safely-10-rules-of-survival Neil deGrasse Tyson on being black and women in science https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7ihNLEDiuM Doing the Work of Anti-Racism - Anti-Racism resources for white people https://docs.google.com/document/u/0/d/1BRlF2_zhNe86SGgHa6-VlBO-QgirITwCTugSfKie5Fs/mobilebasic?usp=gmail "21-Day Racial Equity Challenge" by Debby Irving https://debbyirving.com/21-day-challenge/ Harvard Implicit Bias test at https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/selectatest.html Zinn Education Project https://www.zinnedproject.org/ (can follow on Instagram or Facebook) Other Reading - "The Case for Reparations" by Ta-Nehisi Coates https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/06/the-case-for-reparations/361631/ "The White Flight of Derek Black" by Eli Saslow https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/the-white-flight-of-derek-black/2016/10/15/ed5f906a-8f3b-11e6-a6a3-d50061aa9fae_story.html