The Common Good
December 2013

Racial Reconciliation Resources

by Elaina Ramsey | December 2013

Racism continues to plague our nation. It doesn't have to be this way.

Racism continues to plague our nation. From disparities in the criminal justice system to attacks on voting rights, many of us have sat by as our brothers and sisters are treated unequally. It doesn’t have to be this way.

As “Peace Pastor” Marty Troyer describes in “Subverting the Myth” (Sojourners, December 2013), with a lot of hard work and honest dialogue, racial reconciliation is possible.

People of faith are leading the new movement for racial justice. To become an agent of reconciliation, sign the One Church, One Body pledge and check out the resources below.

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  • Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism illustrates how racism is far from eradicated—inside or outside the church. Yet, many Baptist are working together to break down the racial and ethnic walls of division and to be faithful to the Bible's moral vision of reconciliation. Ethics Daily, 2008
     
  • The Color of Fear is an insightful, groundbreaking, three-part film about the state of race relations in America as seen through the eyes of eight North American men of Asian, European, Latino, and African descent. Through emotional and dramatic conversations, they develop a deeper sense of understanding and trust. This is the dialogue most of us fear but need to engage in. StirFry Seminars, 1994
     
  • Last Chance for Eden is a three-part documentary about nine men and women discussing issues of racism and sexism in the workplace. Together, they seek to create more safe and inclusive communities this side of Eden. StirFry Seminars, 2003
     
  • Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible features stories from white men and women on overcoming issues of unconscious racism and entitlement. World Trust Educational Services, 2006
     
  • Race: The Power of an Illusion, a three-hour documentary, challenges the myths and misconceptions about the notion of race in society, science, and history. California Newsreel, 2003
     
  • Sanford: The Untold Story highlights the racial reconciliation journey of the community of Sanford, Fla., where Trayvon Martin was killed in February 2012. This 30-minute documentary shows how local pastors united in prayer to deal with the racial divide in their city. Their story will inspire you to do the same in your own community. Charisma, 2012

Elaina Ramsey is assistant editor of Sojourners magazine.

Image: Humanity against racism, Amir Ridhwan / Shutterstock.com

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