Racial Justice Resources

The following resources on racial justice are recommended by the Racial Justice Subcommittee of the Ministry and Oversight Committee.

Books

Menakem, Resmaa. 2017. My Grandmother’s Hands:  Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies

Author is a social worker who writes “Stop trying to address white supremacy through dialog. Don’t expect to change the world by teaching tolerance. Forget about changing attitudes. They all miss the mark.  Racism is not only about the head. It’s also about the body. The body is where we live. It’s where we fear, hope, and react; where we constrict and relax; and where we fight, flee, or freeze.This trauma doesn’t just affect African American bodies. White American bodies suffer their own historical trauma as well. So do the bodies of our police. We all need to recognize this trauma, metabolize it, work through it, and grow up out of it. Only in this way will we at last heal our bodies, our families, and the social body of our nation.  The process differs for African-American, European American, and police bodies. But all of us need to heal our racialized trauma—and, with the right guidance, all of us can.” https://www.resmaa.com/#book

Oluo, Ijeoma.  2018.  So you want to talk about race.

Ms. Oluo offers a contemporary, accessible take on the racial landscape in America, addressing head-on such issues as privilege, police brutality, intersectionality, micro-aggressions, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the “N” word. Perfectly positioned to bridge the gap between people of color and white Americans struggling with race complexities, Oluo answers the questions readers don’t dare ask, and explains the concepts that continue to elude everyday Americans.

Children’s Books

Lester, Julius. 2005.  Let’s Talk about Race

Our skin is just the covering of our body.  We are much more than our skin.  What is each one of our stories?  The art work is beautiful and the words will bring up many opportunities for readers to share their stories with each other.

Articles

DiAngelo, Robin.   “White Fragility” http://libjournal.uncg.edu/ijcp/article/view/249/116

Videos