Additional Resource Recommendations Book List Under Our Skin: Getting Real about Race. Getting Free from the Fears and Frustrations that Divide Us.by Benjamin Watson This is a great book for those beginning conversations about race. It’s approachable to all and gives a perspective of what it’s like to be black in America. Watson is a Christian and finds hope for racial healing in God. White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racismby Robin DiAngelo This is a book for white people courageous enough to do some self-reflection. It’s also a book that can spur us on to deeper thinking, better conversations, and meaningful action. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates This book is a no holds barred book that shows the deep pain caused by racism, both direct and systemic.
“Letter from a Birmingham Jail” by Martin Luther King, Jr. Not a book, but a powerful read for us today. This letter, available in the link below, was written to white clergy who were telling King to wait for change. They were uncomfortable with the peaceful protests and although they said they wanted change, they didn’t like the way King was going about it. It’s a must-read for white Christians in the church today.
Movies “Just Mercy” This movie is based on a true story. It explores the intersection of racism in the justice system and the death penalty. It’s an important and thought-provoking movie for all of us to watch. “13th” This documentary looks at the injustices of mass incarceration and it’s overwhelmingly crippling effect on communities of color. It shows many of the disparities of our justice system and invites us to think how we might be a part of a better solution.
“Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954-1985” PBS documentary on black history and the civil rights movement, available through the link below.