Are you a racist?

Do you have racist beliefs?

Do you have a racist view?

Do you function in a racist institution?

Do you exist in a racist society?

Do you have a racist heritage?

2020 has been a year of vision, asking ‘am I looking through lenses?’, perhaps even adjusting our world view.

2020 has been a year of seeing things that have shocked us.

2020 has been a year of hearing things that haunt us.

Jesus calls us to ask potentially painful questions about ourselves and the world we participate in.

As disciples we are asked to have conversations with each other that perhaps we would rather avoid.

Below are some resources to make you think. Please take the time to work through the questions, tasks and suggestions under the “Respond” headings.

Resource, Respond, Research

Resource:
Watch Why “I’m not racist” is only half the story

Respond:
What will be YOUR strategic intentional anti-racist action?
In what ways do you defend the status quo without intending to?

Research:
Click to view their suggested Resource List to Accompany ‘Why I’m Not Racist’ by Robin DiAngelo

 

Resource:
Watch Kimberly Jones Monopoly Analogy

Respond:
Kimberly uses the monopoly analogy to think about black lives matter, the economy and society. How could this analogy be extended to think about the church?

Resource:
BBC – Monopoly analogy explained

 

Resource:
The Church Times Podcast D. A France-Williams reads from his book Ghost Ship

Respond:
Click to read Quotes for Reflection – Ghost Ship Podcast

Research:
Click to read Review of Ghost Ship by Church Times

 

Resource:
Click to read article on Racial Microaggressions in Everyday Life
Please focus on – Table 1 pgs 275/276; Figure 1 pg 278; Table 2 pgs 282/283

Respond:
This article is from the world of Clinical Therapy. As a thought empathy exercise please rewrite the two tables from an imaginary church context. What micro-racisms have you witnessed, heard about, committed personally or that you can envisage?

 

Resource:
Read A Conversation With My Friend, Rev Mandy Ralph

Respond:
Why not call someone today and have a conversation about race and self-identity.

Research:
Mandy reflects on Black History month

 

Resource:
Grayson Perry’s Big American Road Trip Episode one

Respond:
Pick one quote from this episode that really made you think. Talk about it with a friend. Mine was “So many white people don’t know that black people come in so many shades because slave masters would rape their slaves”

Research:
Watch It’s a Fair Question: What is it like to be Black in Scotland?

 

Resource:
Watch Sharing Stories from Scotland and Beyond: a panel discussion

Respond:
St Andrew’s and St George’s West, Edinburgh, hosts an online conversation for Black History Month 2020 between Fr. Azariah France-Williams, Andrea Baker and Lisa Williams.

Research:
If you ever visit Edinburgh why not book onto a Black History Walk

 

Resource:
St Paul’s Cathedral – Adult Learning

Respond:
A series of filmed reflections on visionary and prophetic voices to celebrate Black History Month.

 

Resource:
Read this Journal article recommendation

Respond:
‘Reassessing the Inculcation of an Anti-Racist Ethic for Christian Ministry: From Racism Awareness to Deconstructing Whiteness’ 2020
By the same author as Is God Colour Blind? Anthony G. Reddie

Research:
Is God Colourblind?: Insights From Black Theology For Christian Ministry by Anthony G. Reddie 2010