In our prayers and conversations lately, many of us have written, forwarded, tweeted, and shared powerful words about racism, its ill effects, and its pervasiveness in American culture. Due to the vast nature of this web ring and our corresponding Facebook group, there are RevGals and Pals from all kinds of backgrounds, races, creeds, and cultures. Many of us live in areas where the primary racial tensions are between white and black Americans. However, it is just as likely that your area’s primary struggle may be a divide between Native Americans or Alaska Natives and whites, Anglos and Hispanic populations, established populations and immigrants, or any number of religious tensions.
I would like us to use this space today to name some of the books, speakers, movies, documentaries, or other media that have helped to inform our understandings of cultures other than our own (meaning your own culture.) I’ve done a little informal research by asking for some initial recommendations and offering a few of my own.
Please add your own suggestions in the comments, especially noting if you’ve found anything particularly useful in your ministry or work context.
Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? Beverly Daniel Tatum
But I Don’t See You as Asian: Curating Conversations About Race Bruce Reyes Chow
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Michelle Alexander
Power, Racism, and Privilege Wiliam J. Wilson
What has shaped your thinking on race and culture? What’s the thing you read or saw or heard that made you see things differently? What do you wish everyone could (or would) read?
Let’s discuss in the comments!