Many white people would like to help and support movements for equality and justice for our black and brown siblings. Especially in the midst of a global pandemic, we all may not be able to march in protests. Some of us may not have extra money to spare. However, there are ways that we can all offer support, from educating ourselves on systemic racism to having tough conversations. Guilt will do very little for our neighbors, and sometimes trying to figure out the "best" thing to do can lead to inaction. Here are a few ideas that we've compiled from various places, along with links to other resources for people who want to support.
Here are other lists with numerous articles, podcasts, videos and places to donate:
This book edited by Alliance of Baptist leaders, including Alliance President Michael-Ray Mathews, is a resource for congregations and individuals looking for ways to counteract systemic racism.
A free resource designed for groups, but with helpful insights for individuals published by the United Church of Christ. White Privilege is a great way to reflect on race and the racism that is deeply rooted in our society.
Also a feature film, Just Mercy is a true story of the Equal Justice Initiative's work for justice and the end of mass incarceration.
This New York Times podcast looks deeply at the history of slavery in America and the consequences that still plague our society today.
Uncivil tells the true stories of slavery and the American Civil War so often white-washed and twisted by the powerful privileged.
Watch the film adaptation for free on a variety of networks and providers.
This Netflix documentary looks at the criminalization of Black Americans and how the U.S. prison system perpetuates this oppression.
Watch this debate from 1965 as Baldwin shows how the American Dream systematically profits from and oppresses Black Americans.
There are many places to give. Here are just a few working for justice.
We hope this helps a little bit as we work for equity and justice. This work is a lifelong journey to join in God's creation of beloved community. It will no doubt require a hefty amount of unlearning as well as learning. And though will will certainly stumble along this path, we trust that God will lead us on the right road. There are many steps we can take. Let's get moving.
As a Baptist church affirming the liberty of conscience, we recognize each individual's right to his or her own opinion and welcome your comments, positive or negative. We strive for communication that invites a respectful and personal exchange of opinions and thoughts. This is often not possible through running dialogues in our comment section. To respect the dignity of all persons, we may delete comments that contain profanity, hate speech, or threatening language.
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