Hi. My name is Lauren, and I’m a middle aged, middle class, white woman. I am not, by any stretch of the imagination, an expert on black history, race relations or reconciliation. What I am is heartbroken over the injustices I see much more clearly now than I ever have before. What I am is determined to learn and do better. So for what it’s worth, I wanted to share a few resources with you that have taught me, moved me and spurred me to action these last few weeks.
Holy Post – Race in America. Phil Vischer (yes the Veggie Tales guy) on the history of systemic racism. Just watch it. Trust me. (YouTube)
Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man – Former football star Emmanuel Acho answering the questions he’s been asked by white people. (YouTube)
The Color of Compromise – Jemar Tisby explores in a video series the ways the church has been complicit.
Best of Enemies – movie based on the true story of a school integration fight between the leader of the local KKK and a civil rights activist.
Black or White – movie also based on a true story of a custody battle between a white grandfather and a black grandmother.
Little Fires Everywhere – this mini-series is not historical. It’s not true. And you will have to put up with some bad language, but it will cause you to think about race and class in new ways. You will want to talk to someone about it when you are done. (Hulu only)
Ruby Bridges – I’m sure this movie about the first black child to integrate an all white school was sanitized for Disney, but it’s still an education.
Harriet – a movie about the most famous conductor of the underground railroad.
To Listen To:
1619 – a podcast from the New York Times on the history of racism in America.
Be The Bridge – a podcast from Natasha Morrison on racial reconciliation.
Why are White People so Bad at Talking About Race? – an article interview with the author of White Fragility.
This Is Us Star Lonnie Chavis, 12, Shares His Experiences with Racism: ‘America Needs to Change’ from People Magazine – I couldn’t resist a star from my favorite show.
White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson, Ph.D. – I am not far along yet in this book, but I am already appalled by how much I don’t know about the history of blacks in our country.
Challenge: Dig into one of these offerings or something else you’ve heard good buzz about. But before you do, say a prayer. Ask God to show you what you don’t yet see. Ask Him, “What am I missing?” I’m praying for you in this. In the meantime, leave any recommendations you have for me in the comments. I want to keep learning.
And now for this week’s featured post!
Calvonia Radford of realtalk859 allowed me to interview her for a series of race. You can read those posts here and here. I continue to learn from her blog and wanted to share the post I Don’t Think You Understand with you. Visit her and thank her for her vulnerability and linking up with Grace and Truth.
Thanks for sharing! Here’s a button for your blog:
1. Share 1 or 2 of your most recent CHRISTIAN LIVING posts. (No DIY, crafts, recipes, or inappropriate articles.) All links are randomly sorted.
2. Comment on 1 or 2 other links. Grace & Truth linkup encourages community.
3. Every host features one entry from the previous week. To be featured, include this button or link back here on your post (mandatory to be featured, but not to participate).
We encourage you to follow our hosts on their blogs or social media.
Now Let’s Link Up!
Sharing is caring! If you liked this post, do me the huge honor of using the buttons below to share it to your favorite social media accounts. And if you want to get these essays emailed to you once a week, subscribe! Lastly, my posts may contain affiliate links and I earn from qualifying purchases. If you buy anything from one of these links, I will receive a few pennies to help offset the cost of this website at no additional charge to you. Thank you in advance for your help.
To find some great places where I might be sharing this post, click here.