July 10, 2017
Racism is embedded in our institutions, but more than that: embedded in us. Think of assumptions you make when you read newspaper articles, when you see a stranger in your neighborhood. It's like if people who wear glasses are smart or tall boys are good at basketball.
I grew up with friends from different races and religions, ethnic backgrounds and socio-economic levels, but sometimes, I become aware of the fact that I'm not truly color-blind. I catch myself making assumptions. How many generations will it take before racism and other forms of bigotry become extinct? Do you think that will ever happen, or will people always have a need to fear and hate "the other"? Drops in the bucket add up; there has been significant progress. Most of Plymouth staff and several Plymouth members have participated in the two-day Undoing Racism workshops. Another one is scheduled July 20-21 at Plymouth. Consider signing up.
Here are some books that illuminate different facets of racism:
Deep denial: the persistence of white supremacy in United States history and life /Billings, David
Racism without racists: color-blind racism and the persistence of racial inequality in the United States /Bonilla-Silva, Eduardo
The new Jim Crow: mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness /Alexander, Michelle.
Breaking rank: a top cop's exposé of the dark side of American policing /Stamper, Norm
Colorblind: the rise of post-racial politics and the retreat from racial equity /Wise, Tim J.
The drama of Obama regarding racism: analyzing Obama's speech on race / Perryman, Wayne, Rev.
Slavery by another name: the re-enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II / Blackmon, Douglas
Uprooting racism: how white people can work for racial justice / Kivel, Paul
White like me / Wise, Tim
Divided by faith: evangelical religion and the problem of race in America / Emerson, Michael O.
The color of faith: building community in a multiracial society /Matsuoka, Fumitaka.
–Suzanne Sanderson, Plymouth Church LibrarianSubscribe