Opening Our Eyes:
Equity and Racism
Presented by the Peace and Social Justice Committee.
Social Justice and Racism: Resources
- “The assumptions of white privilege and what we can do about it.” Father Bryan N. Massingale, professor of Theology, Fordham University. National Catholic Reporter, June 1 2020.
- Amy Cooper knew what she was doing in Central Park when she called the police. Read
- more: https://www.ncronline.org/news/opinion/assumptions-white-privilege-and-what-we-can-do-about-it
- “Poverty and Racism,” Overlapping Threats to the Common Good. A Catholic Charities USA Poverty in America Issue Brief. June, 2020
- How Church Teaching Can Explain Why ‘Black Lives Matter’ By Archbishop William E. Lori, America Magazine, July 27, 2020.
- “75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice,” by Corinne Shutack, Medium, 2017.
(note: This article, originally written in 2017, is continually updated. It was last updated on September 21, 2020. The author writes, “Out work is to fix what we broke and left broken. The work isn’t done until Black folks tell us it is done.”)
Michel Martin, weekend host of All Things Considered, spoke with Jennifer Harvey, author of Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America
- From passionate pleas for reform to poetic turns of phrase, these talks take an honest look at everyday realities of Black Americans and illuminate the way forward. Recommended and selected by A Network for Grateful Living. (https://gratefulness.org)
- Video: Deconstructing White Privilege with Robin DiAngelo.
- “The Difference Between Being Non Racist and Anti-Racist.” Ibram X. Kendi. TED.com. June 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCxbl5QgFZw
- TED Talk: “Why saying ‘I don’t see race at all’ just makes racism worse.” March, 2021, Heather McGee and book excerpt from her book, The Sum Of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together.
Heather McGhee is an expert in economic and social policy. The former president of the inequality-focused think tank Demos, she has drafted legislation, testified before Congress and contributed regularly to news shows including NBC's Meet the Press. She chairs the board of Color of Change, the nation's largest online racial justice organization.
- You Tube: “The Inner Work of Racial Justice.” Rhonda Magee. Wisdom 2.0/March 23, 2019.
- Video: Tim Wise, anti-racist activist, speaks on “White Privilege: Racism, White Denial and the Cost of Inequality.” White Privilege: Racism, White Denial & The Cost of Inequality - Bing video
- Video: “The Future of Anti-Racism and the Catholic Church”: A Panel Discussion. A Salt and Light gathering for college students sponsored by the Catholic Social Thought and Public Life Initiative of Georgetown University. October 13, 2020.
- Podcasts: Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism In America.” Highly recommended.
ACLU Deputy Legal Director Jeffery Robinson’s groundbreaking talk on the history of US anti-Black racism explores the enduring legacy of white supremacy and our collective responsibility to overcome it. The talk was presented virtually at SCSU’s Martin Luther King Annual Breakfast event on January 18, 2021. The talk is now a documentary film and although it is not yet ready for public viewing, 6 podcasts telling the narrative are available to the public at no cost. After arriving at the web site, scroll down for the podcasts. https://thewhoweareproject.org
- Loretta J. Ross: Don't call people out -- call them in
We live in a call-out culture, says activist and scholar Loretta J. Ross. You're probably familiar with it: the public shaming and blaming, on social media and in real life, of people who may have done wrong and are being held accountable. In this bold, actionable talk, Ross gives us alternative ways to “call people in” with compassion and empathy which allows people to grow.
- Birth of A Movement: Black Lives Matter and the Catholic Church by Olga M. Segura. Orbis Books, 2021. Available on Amazon, orvisbooks.com and audible.com.
- A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota. Sun Yung Shin, ed. Minnesota Historical Society press, 2016.
- How To Be An Antiracist. Ibram X. Kendi. One World, 2019.
- Racial Justice and the Catholic Church. Bryan N. Massingale. Orbis Books, 2010.
- Tragic Investment: How Race Sabotages Communities and Jeopardizes America’s Future – And What We Can Do About It. R. James. Addington. iUniverse, 2019.
- White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide. Carol Anderson. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2016.
- The Sum Of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone And How We Can Prosper Together. Heather McGhee. One World, 2021.
- Between the World and Me / Ta-Nehisi Coates writes a letter to his son about his life as a black man. (2015) Non-fiction book; (2020) film streamed on HBO; Atlantic article; ‘Between the World and Me’ by Ta-Nehisi Coates. The Atlantic. July 4, 2014. (video of Coates and article introducing the book by Coates.)
- Open Wide Our Hearts: the enduring call to love – a pastoral letter against racism. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2018.
- Poverty and Racism: Overlapping Threats to the Common Good: A Catholic Charities USA Poverty in America Issue Brief, 2020.