Resource List • Confronting the Sin of Racism Webinar

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Compiled by Kristina Gonzalez

The murder of Mr. George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer sparked national outrage at the devaluing black lives. In the wake of Mr. Floyd’s murder and a long and incomplete list of race-based killings, three black pastors spoke openly about their experience in society and the church.

  • Rev. Dr. Leroy Barber, who moderated the discussion, serves as Director of Innovation for an Engaged Church of the Greater Northwest Area of The United Methodist Church. He is co-founder of The Voices Project and has started numerous organizations that center and support young people of color. 
  • Rev. Steve Baber is an Elder in the Pacific Northwest Conference of The United Methodist Church and is a second-career pastor with experience in business. He has coached championship football and has a passion for working with youth. Rev. Baber is co-founder of the Washington Christian Leaders Coalition
  • Dr. Daymond Glenn is the founder and senior pastor of The Cultural Soul Project church in Portland, Oregon where his ministry exists at the intersections of race, faith, hip-hop, and justice. Before founding The Cultural Soul Project church, Dr. Glenn held senior-level administrative and faculty positions at various colleges and universities. 

During the course of the webinar, the speakers referred to subject areas, writers and resources that are helpful in understanding racial dynamics in the US today. Please consider drawing from these resources for your personal, group or congregational studies. The subject areas and resources are listed in the order referenced in the webinar. You may pass this resource list and link to the recorded webinar, Confronting the Sin of Racism, onto others. 

Please consider supporting black-owned book sellers as you purchase these works. 

These resources are offered in addition to the recommended follow-up reading suggested in Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky’s invitation to the webinar:

  • “White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo.
  • “I’m Still Here” by Austin Channing Brown.
  • Podcast: Code Switch from NPR.

Resources/Subjects

Implicit Bias

Mass Incarceration

  • We need to talk about an injustice. Bryan Stevenson. TED2012       
  • Film: Just Mercy, 2020 Warner Brothers.
  • Stevenson, Bryan. Just MercyA Story of Justice and Redemption. 1st edition. New York: Spiegel & Grau, 2014.
  • Equal Justice Initiative, founded by Dr. Bryan Stevenson
  • Alexander, Michelle. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Era of Colorblindness. The Anniversary edition. The New Press, 2010
  • The Legacy Museum: From Slavery to Mass Incarceration

Racism and Health

Liberation Theology 

  • Gutierrez, Gustavo. A Theology of Liberation: History, Politics, and Salvation. Revised edition. Orbis Books, 1988
  • Cone, James H. Black Theology of Liberation. 40th Anniversary Edition. Orbis Books, 1970

Hope

  • The Corner, Common
  • Channing Brown, Austin. I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World of Whiteness. 1st Edition. Convergent Books, 2018

Race Analysis

Systems Critique

  • Cornell West: America is a Failed Social Experiment – Anderson Cooper interview with Dr. Cornell West. 2020.
  • West, Cornell. Race Matters. Reprint Edition. Beacon Press, 1994
  • Southern Poverty Law Center White Ideology/White Supremacy/White Nationalism. 
  • Southern Poverty Law Center Hate Map
  • ADL (Anti-Defamation League) Glossary
  • The War of Races: how a hateful ideology echoes through American history. Washington Post. Dec. 27, 2019
  • Confronting Racism. TED Radio Hour. National Public Radio.
  • DiAngelo, Robin J. White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism. 1st Edition. Beacon Press, 2018 
  • Hill, Daniel. White Awake: An Honest Look at What It Means to Be White. IVP Books, Sept. 19, 2017.

Christian Church Critique

  • West, Cornell. Black Prophetic Fire. Beacon Press, 2014
  • Carter, Kameron J. Race: A Theological Account. 1st Edition. Oxford Press University, 2008
  • Walker-Barnes, Chanequa. Too Heavy a Yoke: Black Women and the Burden of Strength. Wipf and Stock, 2014

Note: Code Switch, the NPR Podcast recommended above, has developed an excellent resource list as well. Check it out! 

Kristina Gonzalez is the Director of Innovation for an Inclusive Church for the Greater Northwest Area of The United Methodist Church.

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