Let's Talk about White Privilege 

October 17, 2017

Please join us in Hildebrand Hall this Sunday, Oct. 22, after 11 am service for lunch, as we begin our exploration of White Privilege: Let’s Talk, a six-session series provided by the UCC national office. The series is designed to help us engage in safe, meaningful, substantive and bold conversations about race. Given our political and social climate, this topic is timely and relevant as ever.

Gather all together for the first session Sunday over lunch, and then sign up for a neighborhood group for the next four sessions. The final session culminates at Plymouth again as a large group Sunday, December 17. Child care will be provided this Sunday, and all kids should check in on the first floor. Arrangements will be made for older kids at that time if needed. Please plan to participate. Contact Jennifer Castle at jcastle@PlymouthChurchSeattle.org if you have further questions.

Reading up on White Privilege

We don't live in a color-blind society, so you may have noticed that I am white. Being white, (beige, to be precise, but labels often lack precision) I have taken for granted things which people of other races have been denied. Although I attended multi-racial schools and had friends of different races, I was not living their experience. Mostly, I was unaware of the injustices dealt by bigotry and prejudice. I lived in a little rainbow-colored bubble, but my friends didn't. They heard the rude comments and saw the unkind stares. Their parents were told where they could live, where they weren't welcome, what jobs they could have and which unions they could join.

Plymouth invites you to talk about race. If you would like to read about race, Plymouth Library offers some new books. Find them on the ‘new book’ cart in the Library and on Library tables during hospitality hour. –Suzanne Sanderson, Plymouth Church Librarian

Tears we cannot stop: a sermon to white America/Michael Eric Dyson

The underground railroad: a novel/Whitehead, Colson

America's original sin: racism, white privilege, and the bridge to a new America/Wallis, Jim

Through my eyes/Bridges, Ruby

Others to look for:

Colorblind: the rise of post-racial politics and the retreat from racial equity/Wise, Tim J., 305.8 WIS

Deep denial: the persistence of white supremacy in United States history and life/Billings, David, 305.800973 BIL

Divided by faith: evangelical religion and the problem of race in America/Emerson, Michael O., 261.8 EME

The drama of Obama regarding racism: analyzing Obama's speech on race/Perryman, Wayne, Rev., 305.8 PER

The fire next time/Baldwin, James, 326 BAL

How race is lived in America: pulling together, pulling apart/305.8 LEL

The new Jim Crow: mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness/Alexander, Michelle, 364.973 ALE

Racism without racists: color-blind racism and the persistence of racial inequality in the United States/Bonilla-Silva, Eduardo, 305.800973 BON

The turnaround: a novel/Pelecanos, George P., F PEL

Uprooting racism: how white people can work for racial justice/Kivel, Paul, 305.8 KIV

White like me/Wise, Tim J., 305.8 WIS



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