ARTICLES AND LISTS OF RESOURCES
75 Things White People Can Do For Racial Justice - Although written in 2017, this article is full of good recommendations for actions and further reading.(https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234)
Rev. Kathleen recommends Waking Up White by Debby Irving, books written by Robin DiAngelo, especially White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism; and What Does It Mean to Be White? Developing White Racial Literacy
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo (UU Author)
Black Pioneers in a White Denomination by Mark Morrison-Reed (UU Book)
Centering Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry (UU Book)
One Crazy Summer
by Rita Williams-Garcia
In the summer of 1968, after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp. In a humorous and breakout book by Williams-Garcia, the Penderwicks meet the Black Panthers.
Many Thousand Gone: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom
by Virginia Hamilton
Unavailable for several years, Virginia Hamilton’s award-winning companion to The People Could Fly traces the history of slavery in America in the voices and stories of those who lived it. Leo and Diane Dillon’s brilliant black-and-white illustrations echo the stories’ subtlety and power, making this book as stunning to look at as it is to read.“There is probably no better way to convey the meaning of the institution of slavery as it existed in the United States to young readers than by using, as a text to share and discuss, Many Thousand Gone.”
Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins
by Carole Boston Weatherford
When four courageous black teens sat down at a lunch counter in the segregated South of 1960, the reverberations were felt both far beyond and close to home. This insightful story offers a child's-eye view of this seminal event in the American Civil Rights Movement. Connie is used to the signs and customs that have let her drink only from certain water fountains and which bar her from local pools and some stores, but still . . . she'd love to sit at the lunch counter, just like she's seen other girls do. Showing how an ordinary family becomes involved in the great and personal cause of their times, it's a tale that invites everyone to celebrate our country's everyday heroes, of all ages.
TED TALKS / VIDEOS
Jay Smooth - How to Talk about Racism (https://youtu.be/MbdxeFcQtaU)
Chimamanda Adichie - The Danger of a Single Story https://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_ngozi_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story?language=en
Megan Ming Francis - Let’s get o the root of racial injustice https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aCn72iXO9s
MTV Decoded - Five Things You Should Know About Racism https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eTWZ80z9EE&list=PLnvZ3PbKApGM-hHuQ9lNc5oSKsusjn0Z6&index=68
MTV Decoded - What Does Privilege Make People So Angry? https://www.facebook.com/MTV/videos/176560756361488/?v=176560756361488
MTV Decoded - If Microaggressions happened to White People https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPRA4g-3yEk&list=PLnvZ3PbKApGM-hHuQ9lNc5oSKsusjn0Z6&index=73
MTV Decoded - Should All Native American Mascots Be Banned? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jfjp-a_RX24&list=PLnvZ3PbKApGM-hHuQ9lNc5oSKsusjn0Z6&index=65
MTV Decoded - Why Does MTV’s Decoded Hate White People?!? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmDCADWyaiI&list=PLnvZ3PbKApGM-hHuQ9lNc5oSKsusjn0Z6
An Evening with Tim Wise https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4fbr1LlxEk
MOVIES AND DOCUMENTARIES
The Hate You Give
I Am Not Your Negro
When They See Us
Wilderness Journey (UU related) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDsD3mEtwjM
Oprah Winfrey’s Conversations “Where Do We Go from Here?
Oprah Winfrey leads the conversation speaking directly with Black thought leaders, activists and artists about systematic racism and the current state of America. Featured guests include: Stacey Abrams, Charles M. Blow, Keisha Lance Bottoms, Ava DuVernay, Jennifer Eberhardt, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Ibram Kendi, David Oyelowo, Rashad Robinson and Bishop William J. Barber II. They discuss: What matters now? What matters next? What do we want? What are our demands? Where do we go from here?
Part one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09ysfL2SlHo
Part two: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jy6LpivqIM
RECOMMENDED SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES
Kathleen O. follows Rev. Adam Dyer’s blog Spiritual Wellness (https://spirituwellness.org/) - here’s one of Adam’s latest blog posts:
The Face of Racism…by Rev. Adam Lawrence Dyer
Kathleen has learned from Kira Banks - she’s on Twitter and especially good for families; Charles M. Blow, columnist; Shaun King (on Twitter); Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II; and others.
Journey Toward Wholeness (JTW) “What Can I Do?” Window Series
A willingness to explore, reflect, & learn is how we grow. Two resources to reflect on:
1)Read “12 Steps of Recovery from White Conditioning: https://recoveryfromwhiteconditioning.com/
2)View the 2018 General Assembly (GA)Ware Lecture (intro starts at 11:45) presented by Brittany Packnett & learn the difference between an ally & an accomplice: https://www.uua.org/ga/past/2018/ware
It’s our individual responsibility to educate ourselves about white supremacy. 3 resources for you:
1)Read former intern, Rev. Adam Dyer’s, blog post “What Can I Do?” https://spirituwellness.org/2020/05/29/what-can-i-do/
2)View Robin DiAngelo’s “Deconstructing White Privilege” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwIx3KQer54 (She’s the author of “White Fragility.”)
3)Read “75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice” https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234
There is so much each of us non-BIPOC people can & must do. Start here:
1)Listen to Peter Bolland’s description of his June 30, 10:00-11:30 a.m. webinar “Dismantling Racism One Insight at a Time” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z--Le_QPNiw
2)Sign up for the Oasis webinar (open to all ages, not just those 50 or older). Register for class #321 ($15) at Oasis: https://www3.oasisnet.org/San-Diego-CA/Classes
Does talking about race make you uncomfortable? For help building your capacity to talk about race, watch Shelly Tochluk’s TEDxSan Juan Island talk “Let’s Talk About Race.” It’s 18:31 long & you can access it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=48&v=6tUBJ-1MWG8&feature=emb_logo Then check out the many resources on her website: http://shellytochluk.com/
We’re all wondering when we can return to our beautiful campus & what it will be like. Read what our former intern minister, Rev. Adam Dyer, thinks about returning to church in his reflection “Danger” where he asks the question “Will we be in danger if we open?” Here’s the link for you: https://spirituwellness.org/2020/05/13/danger/
In December 2018, Rev. Marta Valentin led First UU in Intentional Conversations that resulted in our “history wall” of microaggressions. Watch her moving Sunday sermon at 2019 General Assembly—“In This Delicate Turning: It Is Time Now” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSYq3PW-e1w (with captions). The sermon begins at 1:24:45 of the service. The entire service is very moving & well worth viewing in its entirety.
You’re invited to watch:
COVID-19 disproportionately affects poor people & Black & Brown communities & blame has been placed on China eliciting fear & discrimination against Asians & Asian-Americans. SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) has produced a “Combating Anti-Asian Racism & COVID-19 Toolkit” to help illuminate anti-Asian racist scapegoating & to offer resources to combat it. Access the 8-pg document at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MKY_I0_s7NdoXJ0TvG3nm4YiOlRHZhZKg8OwROyXvII/edit
Learn about the history of our city’s, our congregation’s, & our denomination’s role as institutions that have caused harm to IP/POC (Indigenous People/People of Color). For a look at our city’s role, read “How Segregation Defined San Diego’s Neighborhoods” https://www.voiceofsandiego.org/neighborhoods/how-segregation-defined-san-diegos-neighborhoods/
Sign up for our February/March 2020 Beloved Conversations: Meditations on Race & Ethnicity cohort. For information/dates/times, go to http://www.firstuusandiego.org/journey-toward-wholeness
Watch KPBS’s “First People – Kumeyaay” (51:42) an Emmy-nominated file about the Kumeyaay Nation—currently comprised of 13 reservations scattered across San Diego County & 4 in northern Baja California at https://video.kpbs.org/video/kpbs-presents-first-people/?fbclid=IwAR28ZmHI6pd1ghVEa4sB3GSrDRcN6zHo14LVbYAXFUnNNoGq0qxriS_D7Nc
Watch (or re-watch) the Sunday, October 6, Message “Reflections on Discomfort” presented by Beloved Conversations Retreat Leader, Rhonda Brown, & our own Pat Gordon & Scott GrantSmith (http://www.firstuusandiego.org/beloved-conversations-reflections-on-discomfort-by-rhonda-brown-pat-gordon-scott-grantsmith-10619) After reflecting on the message, consider signing up for the February/March 2020 Beloved Conversations session. Information & session days/times are on the Journey Toward Wholeness webpage (http://www.firstuusandiego.org/journey-toward-wholeness)
We all know the subject of race can be very touchy. Watch Mellody Hobson’s Ted Talk “Color Blind or Color Brave?” (14.03) to hear why she thinks it’s so important to start talking about race to make for a better society. https://www.ted.com/talks/mellody_hobson_color_blind_or_color_brave?language=en
Consider attending one or more days of the FREE San Diego State University Conference “Native Truth & Healing: The Genocide of the First Peoples of California.” The November 21-24 conference will include presentations, music, documentary films, & political action session. For more information & to register, go to https://www.sdsu.edu/conferences/native-truth-and-healing
Change is hard and institutional change—building a plane while flying it—is daunting. We did it when we transitioned to Policy Governance and we’re doing it again as we work to become more inclusive, anti-racist, and anti-oppressive. Why are we (and the UUA) doing this? Rev. Leslie Takahashi of the UUA’s Commission on Institutional Change answers that question: https://www.uua.org/uuagovernance/committees/commission-institutional-change/blog/why-institutional-change
Does the term “white supremacy culture” make you feel uncomfortable? Definitions are important as we continue our work to become radically inclusive and make changes to the institution that is First UU San Diego. Cir L L’Bert Jr. of the UUA’s Commission on Institutional Change has written a blog post “A Note on Definitions” to clarify some “uncomfortable” terms:
Participants in our first Beloved Conversations program were changed by that experience. One of them—Rev. Jim Grant—found an article that helped him think more about white privilege. It might do the same for you: “Brief Encounters With White Men: I Wanted to Know What White Men Thought About Their Privilege. So I Asked” by Claudia Rankine: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/17/magazine/white-men-privilege.html
A willingness to explore & learn is how we grow. “Ten Myths White People Believe About Racism” https://www.christiancentury.org/article/critical-essay/ten-myths-white-people-believe-about-racism, adapted from Carolyn B. Helsel's book Preaching About Racism: A Guide for Faith Leaders, published by Chalice Press, gives us a chance to explore, reflect, & grow.
Wondering what “white supremacy culture” is? Find out in “The Characteristics of White Supremacy Culture” by Kenneth Jones & Tema Okun published in 2001. Read & reflect on the characteristics that show up in our congregation (& other organizations in your life): https://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/white-supremacy-culture-characteristics.html
Can you identify the many aspects of White Privilege? In 1989, Peggy McIntosh published “Whte Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.” She identifies 50 unearned privileges non-POC (non-People of Color) receive in our society that POC cannot claim. No better time to read it than now! https://www.racialequitytools.org/resourcefiles/mcintosh.pdf
This journey is individual & congregation-wide. We?ll be suggesting resources you can view, read, or listen to on your own; reflect upon; & discuss with others if you like. First, a short video "Systemic Racism Explained" (4:23): https:/ /www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrHIQIO_bdQ
Join members and friends of the Palestine-Israel Justice team for our first virtual book discussion. We will read: The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East by Sandy Tolan
The discussion will take place on Sunday, August 2 at 4 pm (via Zoom).
In 1967, Bashir Al-Khayri, a young Palestinian man, journeyed to Israel to revisit the beloved old stone house, with the lemon tree behind it, that he and his family had fled nineteen years earlier. When he arrived, he encountered Dalia Ashkenazi Landau, a young Israeli woman, whose family fled Europe following the Holocaust. On the stoop of this treasured home, Dalia and Bashir began a rare friendship, forged in the aftermath of war and tested over the next thirty-five years in ways that neither could imagine on that summer day in 1967.
Based on extensive research and his celebrated NPR documentary on the subject, Sandy Tolan tells the story of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the perspectives of these two individuals and their families, bringing it down to its most human level and suggesting that even amid the bleakest political realities, there exist stories of hope and reconciliation.
To Join the Conversation: register here, and we’ll send you a reminder and the link to the Zoom meeting prior to August 2.
To Get the Book:
Free: City of San Diego Library sandiego.gov/public-library (8 copies, online order, with pickup at selected libraries)
Free: Libby app https://www.overdrive.com/apps/libby/ (1 copy, Borrow and read ebooks and audiobooks from the local public library for free.)
Used: abe.com starting at about $4.50, including shipping
Used: betterworldbooks.com starting at about $5.98, including shipping
New: Independent bookstores through bookshop.org $16.56 plus shipping
New & E-books: Barnes and Noble bn.com : book $16.50 / Nook $10.49
New/Used/E-books: amazon.com – new $13.26/ used starting at $5.20/ Kindle - $9.99
Audio: May be available through audible.com
Photo by Edgar Henríquez, LC on Unsplash
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