Anti-Racism "Must Reads"

Joseph Barndt's Becoming an Anti-Racist Church: Journeying Toward Wholeness (2011)

Christians addressing racism in American society must begin with a frank assessment of how race figures in the churches themselves, leading activist Joseph argues. This practical and important volume extends the insights of Barndt’s earlier, more general work to address the race situation in the churches and to equip people there to be agents for change in and beyond their church communities.” READ FULL BLOG POST 

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Layla Saad’s Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor (2020) 

One of the most common questions I hear from my white friends and colleagues after they first attend an in-depth anti-racism workshop or after they witness a particularly egregious incident of racial violence on the news is “What can I do???”  For that I am grateful, since if they were to ask their BIPOC friends or colleagues the same question, they could expect to be met with rolled eyes and looks of disbelief, as if there’s any one thing that we white people can do to dismantle the entrenched systems of racial advantage and oppression that are so deeply embedded in our nation’s history.  READ FULL BLOG POST 

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Isabel Wilkerson’s Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents (2020) 

Once every few years a book comes along that fundamentally reframes the conversation around race and racism in the United States. The last book I recall having had such a broad impact was Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (2010), a stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status—denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights Movement.” READ FULL BLOG POST 

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Carol Anderson’s White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide (2016)

For those still struggling to understand why thousands of armed insurrectionists would violently storm our nation’s Capitol on January 6th, Professor Carol Anderson’s White Rage provides a compelling and enlightening historical context.  In a recent interview published in Vox, Professor Anderson explains why progress in America always comes at a price.  “When Black Americans in particular make strides toward equality, the determined hand of white supremacy pushes back,” a phenomenon Anderson calls “white rage.”  READ FULL BLOG POST