Resources on Racism
The Color of Compromise by Jamar Tisbe
An acclaimed, timely narrative of how people of faith have historically–up to the present day–worked against racial justice. And a call for urgent action by all Christians today in response.
The Color of Compromise is not a call to shame or a platform to blame white evangelical Christians. It isa call from a place of love and desire to fight for a more racially unified church that no longer compromises what the Bible teaches about human dignity and equality. A call that challenges black and white Christians alike to standup now and begin implementing the concrete ways Tisby outlines, all for a more equitable and inclusive environment among God’s people. Starting today.
PERSONAL AND SYSTEMIC PROBLEMS
Two books that together that give contrast and balance are Under Our Skin by Benjamin Watson and Divided by Faith by Michael Emerson and Christian Smith. Benjamin Watson, a successful NFL player, speaks on the personal and spiritual dimension of racism in which we all have a need for repentance and a new identity in Christ. Adding perspective to that view, Emerson and Smith conduct research to demonstrate that white evangelicals are often blind to systemic problems because of their sole emphasis on individualism, free will, and personal relationships. Racism needs to be addressed on all levels personal, spiritual, and systemic. Having inner peace with God and good interracial relationships is a great place to start, but it does not in itself bring about more equitable systems in health care, economics, or the criminal justice system. Systemic problems require systemic solutions.
Jim Crow of the North – A PBS Documentary
Roots of racial disparities are seen through a new lens in this film that explores the origins of housing segregation in the Minneapolis area. But the story also illustrates how African-American families and leaders resisted this insidious practice, and how Black people built community — within and despite — the red lines that these restrictive covenants created.