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Suggested Resources 

Compiled by the NUMC Dismantling Racism Team

Updated 1/22/22

Online course

“You Are Here: First Steps for White Christians on Race and Racism.” The General Commission on Religion and Race offers this four-session curriculum as a first step for white Christians, in particular, who are unsure about what racism is and unclear about its relevance to individuals, the church, and society as a whole. This resource is designed for individuals who are ready to learn about how racism operates, how it affects Christian communities, and how people of faith can recognize and resist racism. https://gcorr.teachable.com/p/youarehere

Books

In Their Own Words: Slave Life and the Power of Spirituals, by Eileen Guenther, 2016.

I’m Black. I’m Christian. I’m Methodist. Abingdon Press, 2020. Ten personal narratives reveal the shared and distinct struggles of being Black in the Church, facing historic and modern racism.

Dear White Christians, by Jennifer Harvey, 2014.

How to Be an Anti-Racist, by Ibram X Kendi, 2019.

A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota, edited by Sun Yung Shin, 2016. Sixteen of Minnesota’s best writers provide a range of perspectives on what it is like to live as a person of color in Minnesota.

America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege and the Bridge to a New America, by Jim Wallis, 2016.

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, by Austin Channing Brown, 2018.

 

Plantations and Death Camps: Religion, Ideology and Human Dignity, by Beverly Eileen Mitchell, 2009.

 

A Kid’s Book About Systemic Racism, by Jordan Thierry (64 pages). One of Oprah’s favorite things of 2020.

 

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, by Isabel Wilkerson, 2011.

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson, 2020.

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander, 2012.

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, by Carol Anderson, 2016.

White Fragility, by Robin Diangelo, 2018.

 

Stamped from the Beginning; The Definitive HIstory of Racist Ideas in America, by Ibram X. Kendi, 2016.

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, 2020, Reynolds & Kendi; a reworked, more narrative version of Kendi’s book targeted for youth.

So You Want to Talk about Race, by Ijeoma Oluo, 2018.

Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson, 2014. Has also been made into a motion picture.

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, 2014.

Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance, by Edgar Villanueva, 2018.

Daybreak Woman: An Anglo-Dakota Life, by Jane Lamm Carroll, MN Historical Society, 2020. Biography of an Anglo-Dakota woman who lived some of her very long life (1810-1902) in Southern MN.

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee, by David Treuer, 2019.

Everything You Wanted to Know about Indians But Were Afraid to Ask, by Anton Treuer, 2012.

Mni Sota Makoce: The Land of the Dakota, by Gwen Westerman & Bruce White, MN Historical Society, 2012.

Videos/Movies

Deconstructing White Racism”: One part of the GCRR series, “Vital Conversations on Race.” The speaker is Robin DiAngelo, the author of White Fragility. (20 min)

Spark: A Systemic Racism Story”: Very-current documentary on white supremacy, systemic racism and current opportunities for action. (32 min)

How to Deconstruct Racism, One Headline at a Time”: An engaging TED talk by Baratunde Thurston that explores the weaponization of white supremacy, the deadly consequences of policing, and the power of language to write a better narrative for us all to inhabit. (16 min)

The Truth about the Confederacy in the United States”: 2017, with ACLU staff members, excellent history of the years from the Civil War’s end to the beginning of WWII. (1¾ hr)

The African Americans: One More River to Cross”: 2013 PBS series of six episodes about the history of slavery from ancient times through the first black president, narrated by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools”: Feature-length PBS documentary based on the book by Monique W. Morris, 2018.

Jim Crow of the North”: 1-hour PBS documentary about the history of racial covenants and redlining in Minneapolis, 2019.        

The Forgotten Slavery of Our Ancestors”: 12-minute introduction to the history of Indigenous enslavement, which predated and helped shape the system of African enslavement in New England and lasted through the 19th century in the West. Part of the Teaching Tolerance program of the SPLC.

13th”: 2016 feature-length documentary by Ava DuVernay that explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation's prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans.

Firstlight”: 13-minute documentary about the historical practice of removing Native American children from their tribes and an experiment in truth-telling for Wabanaki people and child welfare workers in Maine.

Rooted in Secrets”: 20-minute news story featuring the history of Marlys Boone, the first Black woman graduate of St. Olaf, as well as interviews with current Black students at the college.

Podcasts

Seeing White": a 14-part series, ranging in length from 15 - 60 minutes each. Season two of Scene On Radio.

1619”: a 7-part series based on the New York Times “1619 Project.”

Reparations: The Big Payback”: Erika Alexander and Whitney Dow use their storytelling skills and experiences to explore the argument for and against reparations for Black Americans, 2021.

Blindspot: Tulsa Burning”: a 6-part series about the destruction of Tulsa’s Greenwood District in 1921, one of the worst incidents of racial terror in U.S. history.

This Land”: award-winning documentary style with two seasons released so far; season one is about the Supreme Court case decided during the summer of 2020 on the status of reservation land in Oklahoma; season two is about the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Expanding the Table”: a video podcast series from the General Commission on Religion and Race focusing on how individual Christians and church-based entities can and should engage the work of racial justice-making and anti-racism.

Code Switch”: a weekly NPR podcast that’s been around since 2016, using fearless conversations to explore how race impacts every part of society.

Articles

Related to UMC:

Amid its own racist history, United Methodist Church unites against racism by Cynthia Astle, Baptist News Global, (August 5, 2020)

Conference Backs Replacing Cross and Flame by Sam Hodges, UM Insight [September 22, 2020]

Timeline: Methodism in Black and White

Church History Requires We Discuss Racism, 2012

Our democracy’s founding ideals were false when they were written. Black Americans have fought to make them true, by Nikole Hannah-Jones, The 1619 Project, The New York Times (August 14, 2019).

The Injustice of This Moment Is Not an "Aberration." Michelle Alexander contextualizes the current state of racism/white supremacy in the United States as an inevitable outcome of a collective narrative steeped in denial. The New York Times (January 17, 2020)

The Case for Reparations, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic (June 2014)

How White People Got Made, by Quinn Norton, exploring where the term “white people” comes from and which ethnic groups have and have not been able to become “white” over the course of U.S. history, The Message (October 17, 2014)  

How COVID-19 Hollowed Out a Generation of Young Black Men, by Akilah Johnson & Nina Martin, ProPublica (December 22, 2020)

Racial Equity as Spiritual Healing, by Naaima Khan, Church Anew[January 7, 2021]

Websites

UMC Dismantling Racism: Around the connection, United Methodists are gathering online and in-person to do the difficult work of dismantling racism. Find an event to attend or watch the video of one that has already occurred.

R-Squared: A project of the UMC General Commission on Religion and Race; videos, study guides, online courses, Bible studies.

Talking About Race: Resources compiled by the Smithsonian

Inheritance: A journalistic project of The Atlantic about American history, Black life, and the resilience of memory.

Why Treaties Matter: an exhibit from the Minnesota Humanities Center

We are Still Here, Minnesota: a network of Native American leaders in education, governance, media and philanthropy working together with allies to identify and deconstruct narratives harmful to Native Americans.

Reclaiming Native Truth: a national effort to create a new understanding of public perceptions and dominant narratives that impact Native peoples within American society.

Other

Westminster Hall Town Forums by Eddie Glaude

9/13/2016        Racism and the Soul of America

ttps://www.westminster forum.org/forum/racism-and-the-soul-of-america/

11/10/2020        James Baldwin’s Lessons on Race in America

https://www.westminsterforum.org/forum/james-baldwins-lessons-on-race-in-america/

Washington National Cathedral Sermons

1/17/2021  The Rev. Dr. Michael Eric Dyson

https://cathedral.org/sermons/sermon-the-rev-dr-michael-eric-dyson/

Carleton College Student Presentation

Indigenous Histories at Carleton College, May 2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ureZQZDshfM

City of Northfield Presentation about Land Acknowledgement Statements

https://www.ci.northfield.mn.us/1403/Land-Acknowledgement-Statement

Stealing the Earth: The Conquering of Indigenous People, The Role of Christianity, and What Can Bring About Justice

5-part webinar series about the “Doctrine of Discovery” presented by the Methodist Federation for Social Action

https://www.mfsaweb.org/stealing-the-earth