Dismantling Racism Resources

Introduction


Since you’ve found your way to this page, chances are you are interested in increasing your intercultural competence, exploring internalized and external racism, and learning skills to move beyond your biases.  Perhaps you are feeling called to be an ally to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) people  and to become an interrupter of racism and a part of a community of healing.

A helpful tool that you might consider as a starting point for your congregation, small group or as an individual is to use the Intercultural Development Inventory to assess your intercultural competence and understand both your mindset and skillset in making sense of cultural differences.  Once we better understand where we are, we can create a development plan to help us better engage cultural difference in our day-to-day interactions with others.  As a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory, I am available to help you.  I also have a network of partners who have expertise in Racial Equity and Inclusion and who are experienced in creating space for learning and growing together.  Contact me if we can be of help.

Peace,

Claire
claire@ccwtransformation.com

Classics and First Steps


The Little Book of Biblical Justice:  A Fresh Approach to the Bible’s Teachings on Justice by Chris Marshall

Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

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

**The Origins of Others by Toni Morrison

Particularly for White Folks


Waking up White:  And Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving

**White Fragility:  Why it’s so hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin Diangelo

Dear White Christians:  For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation by Jennifer Harvey

**What Does it Mean to Be White?  Developing White Racial Literacy by Robin DiAngelo

Understanding Racialized Trauma & Soul Care


My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel Van Der Kolk, M. D.

Too Heavy A Yoke: Black Women and the Burden of Strength by Chanequa Walker-Barnes

Workbooks and Small Group Resources


The Racial Healing Handbook:  Practical Activities to Help You Challenge Privilege, Confront Systemic Racism & Engage in Collective Healing by Anneliese A. Singh, PhD, LPC

Be the Bridge: Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation by Latasha Morrison

Implicit Bias:  What We Don’t Think We Think (A Resource for Preachers & Teachers Who Want to Learn and Teach Congregations about Implicit Bias (offered by GCORR (General Commission on Race and Religion UMC)

United Against Racism:  Churches for Change & United Against Racism Facilitator’s Guide (The National Council of Churches in the USA)

Biblical & Devotional Resources


The Spiritual Work of Racial Justice: A Month of Meditations with Ignatius of Loyloa by S. J. Patrick Saint-Jean

**The Peoples’ Companion to the Bible, edited by DeYoung, Gafney, Guardiola-Sanenz, Tinker, Yamada

**The Africana Bible:  Reading Israels’ Scriptures from Africa and the African Diaspora, edited by Hugh R. Page, Jr., etc.

**Reading the Bible from the Margins by Miguel A. De La Torre

**Race and Theology by Elaine A. Robinson

Introduction to African Religion by John S. Mbiti

**Africa and Africans in the New Testament by David Tuesday Adamo

Mujerista Theology by Ada Maria Isaisi-Diaz

Womanist Interpretations of the Bible, edited by Byron and Lovelace

**Africa and The Africans in the Old Testament by David T. Adamo

Reconstructing the Gospel:  Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

The Spiritual Work of Racial Justice: A Month of Meditations with Ignatius of Loyola by Patrick Saint-Jean, S.J.

Rally: Communal Prayers for Lovers of Jesus and Justice compiled by Brittney Winn Lee

40 Days of Prayer: For the Liberation of American Descendants of Slavery compiled by The Angela Project of Simmons College of Kentucky

Culture and History Resources


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

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

Just Mercy:  A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

The New Jim Crow:  Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michele Alexander

**Stand Your Ground:  Black Bodies and the Justice of God by Kelly Brown Douglas

**Shades of Freedom:  Racial Politics and Presumptions of the American Legal Process by A. Leon Higginbrotham, Jr.

**The Racial Contract by Charles W. Mills

The Myth of the Model Minority:  Asian Americans Facing Racism by Rosaland S. Chou and Joe R. Feagin

Understanding & Dismantling Racism:  The Twenty-first Century Challenge to White America by Joseph Barndt

The Color of Law:  A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein

The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone

**An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

**An African American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul Ortiz

Unsettling Truths:  The Ongoing, Dehumanizing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery by Mark Charles and Soong-Chan Rah

They Came Before Columbus:  The African Presence in Ancient America by Ivan Van Sertima

“Worse Than Slavery” Parchman Farm and the Ordeal of Jim Crow Justice by David M. Oshinsky

The End of White Christian America by Robert P. Jones

Understanding Immigration


The Devil’s Highway:  A True Story by Luis Alberto Urrea

Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario

Welcoming the Stranger:  Justice, Compassion Truth in the Immigration Debate by Matthew Soerens

Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies:  Migrant Farmworkers in the United States by Steph M. Holmes

Diversity, Inclusion and Leadership Resources


Salsa, Soul, and Spirit:  Leadership for a Multicultural Age: New Approaches to Leadership from Latino, Black and American Indian Communities by Juana Bordas

Inclusion Dividend:  Why Investing in Diversity & Inclusion Pays Off  by Mark Kaplan

Taking on Diversity by Rupert W. Nacoste

The Future is Mestizo:  Life Where Cultures Meet by Virgilio Elizondo

Is Everyone Really Equal? by Ozlem Sensoy and Robin DiAngelo

Documentaries, Videos & Films


The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross DVD

The Danger of a Single Story TED TALK by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin DiAngelo

The Best of Enemies

Novels and Memoirs


Let Justice Roll Down by John M. Perkins

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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

White Like Me:  Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son by Tim Wise

Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Swimming Between Worlds by Elaine Neil Orr

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Native Son by Richard Wright

Becoming by Michelle Obama

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Choteau Creek:  A Sioux Reminiscence by Joseph Iron Eye Dudley

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace:  A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League by Jeff Hobbs

Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

An Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff

Picking Cotton:  Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Same Kind of Different as Me:  A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together by Ron Hall

The Best of Enemies:  Race and Redemption in the New South by Osha Gray Davidson

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum

You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience by Tarana Burke

Key


**Required for Sacred Conversations to End Racism (SC2ER)

*Recommended for Sacred Conversations to End Racism (SC2ER)