Resources for Racial Justice
From Gary’s Church and Society Committee
We at Gary United Methodist Church in Wheaton, IL, affirm the United Methodist position that racism is a sin and is incompatible with Christian teachings. As Christians who stand against racism, we offer these resources as a way to understand systemic racism in the United States of America, explore our biblical and theological roots for racial justice, and discern how we can take faithful action towards racial justice and the equal treatment of all God’s image bearers.
It is worth noting, that these are resources mostly directed at discrimination against African Americans. The structures and experiences of racism by Latina/os, Native Americans, Asian Americans and others will be distinct from, though entangled with, the ones listed here. As members of Christ’s body, we are committed to combating all forms of racism, and we will be seeking opportunities to provide additional resources in the future.
Resources for Understanding Systemic Racism
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
*National Book Award Winner and Pulitzer Prize Finalist
Nobody: Casualties of America's War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond by Marc Lamont Hill
*Nautilus Award Winner
Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas In America by Ibram X. Kendi
*National Book Award Winner
**This is an intellectual history. For a social history that brings together ideas with social, economic and political practices that built racist structures in the US, see Race in North America: Origin and Evolution of a Worldview by Audrey and Brian Smedley.
The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation by Natalie Moore
*A focused look at segregation in Chicago.
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
*New York Times Bestseller
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
*On the United Methodist Women’s reading list. For deeper learning, sign up for a free online companion class through the UMW.
Racism without Racists: Colorblind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America by Eduardo Bonilla Silva
*A very good introductory book.
Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination by Alondra Nelson
Resources for Exploring Systemic Racism and the Church
One Mississippi, Two Mississippi: Methodists, Murder, and the Struggle for Racial Justice in Neshoba County by Carol V. R. George
Resources for Racial Justice | Youth and Children Resources
This Book is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work, by Tiffany Jewell (Middle School/High School)
MLK Talks 'New Phase' Of Civil Rights Struggle, 11 Months Before His Assassination (Middle School/High School)