STAND IN UNITY

We will strive to update this page with resources to help us, as a church, to "stand in unity" and address issues of injustice, oppression and inequality.


Church Resources

www.elca.org/blacklivesmatter

 

This page on the ELCA website includes a Service of Prayer and Lament, a number of statements from ELCA leadership, and other resources.

Videos

NEW THIS WEEK: Phil Vischer: Race In America - A Holy Post Video

Recommendation from Jill Hansen, LCR Staff

This video may be appropriate for middle school students.

 

From one of the creators of Veggie Tales... "We need to talk about race. Why are people angry? Why so upset? Didn't we elect a black president? Pass civil rights laws? Isn't racism illegal now? Three years ago my brother Rob and I co-taught a class that discussed issues of racial injustice. That class turned into a popular podcast episode, which we've now turned into this video. Why are people still angry? Let's take a look at race in America.."

 

Click here to watch the video

NEW THIS WEEK: Systemic Racism Explained

Recommendation from Jill Hansen, LCR Staff

This video may be appropriate for middle school students.


From act.tv: Systemic racism affects every area of life in the US. From incarceration rates to predatory loans, and trying to solve these problems requires changes in major parts of our system. Here's a closer look at what systemic racism is, and how we can solve it.


Click here to watch the video

3 Ways to Challenge White Fragility (Featuring Robin DiAngelo)

Recommendation from Ana Clymer, LCR Member

 

Author Robin DiAngelo shares three ways white people can challenge their white fragility right now.
 

Click here to watch the video

Podcasts

Code Switch

Recommendation from Jessi Lau, LCR Staff

 

Code Switch -- this podcast is a seed of NPR and has been a long standing pillar for exploring the racial coding of our country. A great resource for perspectives that reach far into the diversity of America. Current episodes are excellent, but many episodes dating back as far 2013 add great context to our current reality. 

 

Audiobook

Stamped from the Beginning, by Ibram X Kendi

Recommendation from Jessi Lau, LCR Staff

 

Published in 2016, this book has recently shot to the top of Best Seller lists as much of the country grapples with understanding racism in America. Being that it’s current popularity makes it hard to find, listening to it is a great option. The entire book is available in audiobook format on Spotify.  

 

Books

How to Be An Antiracist

Imbram X. Kendi

Recommendation from Katie Kascel, LCR Staff

https://www.ibramxkendi.com/how-to-be-an-antiracist-1

Description from the above website:

Ibram X. Kendi's concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America--but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. Instead of working with the policies and system we have in place, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it. 

In his memoir, Kendi weaves together an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science--including the story of his own awakening to antiracism--bringing it all together in a cogent, accessible form. He begins by helping us rethink our most deeply held, if implicit, beliefs and our most intimate personal relationships (including beliefs about race and IQ and interracial social relations) and reexamines the policies and larger social arrangements we support. How to Be an Antiracist promises to become an essential book for anyone who wants to go beyond an awareness of racism to the next step of contributing to the formation of a truly just and equitable society.

 

More Suggestions 

An Antiracist Reading List by Ibram X. Kendi  (New York Times article)

 

 

Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation

Jennifer Harvey

Recommendation from Ana Clymer, LCR Member

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QQKO5KY/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

Description from the above website:

In this provocative book Jennifer Harvey argues for a radical shift in how justice-committed white Christians think about race. She calls for moving away from the reconciliation paradigm that currently dominates interracial relations and embracing instead a reparations paradigm.

Harvey presents an insightful historical analysis of the painful fissures that emerged among activist Christians toward the end of the Civil Rights movement, and she shows the necessity of bringing "white" racial identity into clear view in order to counter today's oppressive social structures.

A deeply constructive, hopeful work, Dear White Christians will help readers envision new racial possibilities, including concrete examples of contemporary reparations initiatives. This book is for any who care about the gospel call to justice but feel stuck trying to get there, given the ongoing prevalence of deep racial divisions in the church and society at large.

Movies

Selma

Recommendation from Jessi Lau, LCR Staff

Selma -- Directed by mastermind Ava DuVernay, Selma is a historical drama centered around the march from Selma to Montgomery. The movie follows Martin Luther King Jr and his followers as they fight for voting rights. (Available to stream on Amazon)


Director: Ava DuVernay

Starring: David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Carmen Ejogo

Rating: PG-13


I Am Not Your Negro

Recommendation from Jessi Lau, LCR Staff

Raoul Peck journies through James Baldwin’s unfinished book, Remember This House in his documentary, I Am Not Your Negro. Peck examines the ties evident in Baldwin's work to questions surrounding representation in movies and other media as well as police violence and the Black Lives Matter movement. (Available to stream on Amazon)

 

Director: Raoul Peck

Starring: Samuel L. Jackson

Rating: PG-13

 

13th

Recommendation By: Jackie Hill Perry, Instagram

An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5895028/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1


Director:  Ava DuVernay

Writers:  Spencer Averick, Ava DuVernay

Stars:  Melina Abdullah, Michelle Alexander, Cory Booker 

Rating: TV-MA


Fruitvale Station

Recommendation By: Jackie Hill Perry, Instagram

The story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2334649/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

 

Director:  Ryan Coogler

Writer:  Ryan Coogler

Stars:  Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer 

Rating: R

 

Fruitvale Station

Recommendation By: Jackie Hill Perry, Instagram

Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they're falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on the true story.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7137906/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1


Creator:  Ava DuVernay

Stars:  Asante Blackk, Caleel Harris, Ethan Herisse

Rating: TV-MA