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Resources on Racism Every Leader Should Watch, Read, and Share

Sam Collier
Sam Collier Monday June 15, 2020
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How the church comes together to respond to the racism issue in our world is so important. A generation is watching. And every generation takes a cue from the generation that came before it.

If we hope to demonstrate the Gospel to this generation then we are required to “love our neighbors” in a radical way.

We’re called to be a bridge relationally, racially, and demographically. In order for that to happen it will take hard work and a lasting commitment to understand each other.

It will be uncomfortable.
It might be confusing.
It can cause frustration.

But remember, empathy only happens when you press pause on your own preferences and opinions long enough to listen to someone else.

So what would it look like to do that?

What if we suspend . . .

our bias
our judgments
our opinions

. . . long enough to experience how others feel.

This is such an important moment in history for all of us to learn from Black leaders about how they need us to confront white supremacy and racism. 

Our community here at Orange represents over 40 different denominations—many predominantly white. We believe collectively we can do something that politics and policies can’t do. We can show a generation how to be the church by how we love and understand each other. 

Bernice King says, “We can’t include people at the expense of their truth.” 

So let’s pause long enough to learn someone else’s experience and truth.

Let’s listen to what we haven’t heard.

Let’s experience someone else’s world. 

You don’t have to agree,
but you do need to understand.

 

Here are a few places to start:

For Leaders:

Books to Read

I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown

Be a Bridge by Latasha Morrison

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin

White Rage by Carol Anderson

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

White Fragility by Robin Diangelo

Me and White Supremacy Layla F Saad

Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community by Martin Luther King, Jr

 

 Videos to Watch

Just Mercy (free to stream!)

The Hate U Give

Systemic Racism Explained by Act.Tv

Martin Luther King Jr’s Address to the American Psychology Association

 

Links to Learn

Be the Bridge: Whiteness Intensive Course

Rachel Cargle’s Courses

Podcast: Unlocking us with Brene with Ibram X. Kendi on How to Be an Antiracist

@TheConciousKid on Overt and Covert White Supremacy

 

Voices to Follow

Bernice King, The King Center

Latasha Morrison, Be the Bridge

Bryan Stevenson, EJI

Nona Jones (*Faith & Prejudice Facebook Live Series Coming Soon*)

Sam Collier

Albert Tate

Dr. Chinwé Williams

Sean Watkins

Joseph Sojourner

Virginia Ward

Ryan Leak

Dharius Daniels

Gerald Fadayomi

Deborah Tillman

Vonnetta West

Lee Jenkins

TD Jakes

Tedashii

Lecrae

Carlos Whittaker

 Juan Tuset

 

For Parents:

PBS: Talking to Children Authentically about Race and Racism

Ezra Jack Keats Children’s Books

EmbraceRace.org Diverse Children’s Book List

A Kid’s Book About Racism by Jelani Memory

Crayola Multiracial Crayons 

Be the Bridge: Book List for Teenagers

Parent Cue Live Podcast: Why You Need to Talk to Your Kids About Race

Parent Cue Blog: Raising Kids Who Will Initiate Racial Equality

 

For Your Ministry

Free Talks on Race for Your Student Ministry

Middle School: https://thnkor.ng/trendingseries

High School: https://thnkor.ng/ihavequestions

 

We’ll keep updating this page with new resources as we find them, so you may want to bookmark this page to keep coming back!

(Find a great resource we should include? Comment, DM, or email us so we can add it to this list!)

Sam is a communicator, author and personality. He’s the host of Nationally Syndicated Radio Show “The Sam Collier Show”, Gospel Billboard Producer, Director of City Strategy for The reThink Group, Communicator (North Point Ministries) and Founder of No Losing, Inc.