When and in what contexts does an increase in the personal awareness of systemic racism matter?
– IX Kendi 2006 Stamped From the Beginning, a history of racist policies and crimes from Aristotle to today. A key message: Racist policies precede development and rationalization of racist ideologies.
– Eric Foner 1988: Reconstruction : America’s unfinished revolution, 1863-1877
or Foner’s 1990 condensed: A short history of Reconstruction, 1863-1877
– Choices of several books on the history of racism and support of slavery in churches.
Example: The Power Worshippers by Katherine Stewart
– William Barber’s efforts and programs, as one of many examples for actions to counter injustices.
– Lobby for government policies to improve the plight of the disenfranchised, no matter what race or ethnicity.
– Green investing. Financial incentives might have more effect to aid disadvantaged people anywhere in the world than the things individuals do as a result of training to reveal implicit biases.
– Google non-profit division exec – nearly every day doing something for inclusion:
Finance the darkest skin training set for AI-driven diagnosis of skin disease.
Push for support of public transportation instead of Google private transportation.
– Applaud efforts by philanthropists who promote awareness, producing relevant documentaries and provide funding, e.g. the Montgomery, Alabama Peace and Justice Memorial of lynchings.
– Do any of these provide inspiration for what our church could do?