21-Day Racial Justice Challenge

Northridge Presbyterian is offering this Racial Justice Challenge as an opportunity to educate ourselves about the racial injustices in our society. By signing up you are committing to reading/watching/listening to one of the provided resources each day for 21 days.

For questions, please contact Emily Cox at [email protected].

Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904054CA4AD23A3FF2-21day

You may sign up to do it independently or with your family instead of with a small group, but please sign up on the sign up genius so we can send important information via email to participants.

Watch

Holy Post – Race in America

Engaging Young People In Conversations About Race: A Tale of Two Mothers

This is Us
Dr. Eddie Glaude explains why blaming current racial tensions on Donald Trump misses the point. (3 minutes)

Racism is Real
A split-screen video depicting the differential in the white and black lived experience. (3 minutes)

Confronting ‘intergroup anxiety’: Can you try too hard to be fair?
Explores why we may get tongue tied and blunder when we encounter people from groups unfamiliar to us. (5 minutes)

CBS News Analysis: 50 states, 50 different ways of teaching America’s past
Ibram X. Kendi reviews current history curriculum production and use across the U.S. (5 minutes)

The Disturbing History of the Suburbs
An “Adam Ruins Everything” episode that quickly and humorously educates how redlining came to be. (6 minutes)

What Kind of Asian Are You?
Humorous two minute YouTube video that illustrates the utter silliness of the way many white Americans interact with Asian Americans. (2 minutes)

Birth of a White Nation
Keynote speech by legal scholar Jacqueline Battalora, offers a blow-by-blow description of the moment the idea of, and word for, “white” people entered U.S. legal code. (36 minutes)

13th
Netflix documentary by Ava DuVernay about the connection between US Slavery and the present day mass incarceration system. (1 hour, 40 minutes)

How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them
TED Talk by Vernā Myers, encourages work vigorously to counter balance bias by connecting with and learning about and from the groups we fear. (19 minutes)

The danger of a single story
TED Talk by Chimamanda Adiche, offers insight to the phenomenon of using small bits of information to imagine who a person is. (18 minutes)

How to deconstruct racism, one headline at a time
TED Talk by Baratunde Thurston that explores patterns revealing our racist framing, language, and behaviors. (10 minutes)

Indigenous People React to Indigenous Representation in Film And TV
Conversation with a diverse range of Indigenous people by FBE about  media depictions of Indigenous people, Columbus day, and Indigenous identity. (15 minutes)

What Being Hispanic and Latinx Means in the United States
Fernanda Ponce shares what she’s learning about the misunderstanding and related mistreatment of the incredibly diverse ethnic category people in U.S. call Hispanic. (12 minutes)

Tyler Merrit Project: Before You Call (3 minutes)

 

Read

Steps Towards Freedom: The U.S. Civil Right Movements in the Mid-20th Century Seen Through the Lense of Faith
By Larry Spencer

‘It Is Time for Reparations’ – The New York Times
If true justice and equality are ever to be achieved in the United States, the country must finally take seriously what it owes black Americans. By Nikole Hannah-Jones

What Anti-racist Teachers Do Differently – The Atlantic
They view the success of black students as central to the success of their own teaching.

10 Ways Well-Meaning White Teachers Bring Racism Into Our Schoolsby Jamie Utt

21 Racial Microaggressions You Hear on a Daily Basis, by Heben Nigatu

Climbing the White Escalator, by Betsy Leondar-Wright

Explaining White Privilege To A Broke White Person, by Gina Crosley-Corcoran

Guide to AllyshipCreated by Amélie Lamont

It’s Not Just the South: Here’s How Everyone Can Resist White Supremacyby Sarah van Gelder

Making America White Again, by Toni Morrison

Understanding the Racial Wealth Gap, by Amy Traub, Laura Sullivan, Tatjana Mescheded, & Tom Shapiro

What White Children Need to Know About Raceby Ali MIchael and Elenora Bartoli

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, by Peggy McIntosh

Presbytery of Charlotte letter from Antiracism Team

My President Was Black, by  Ta-Nehisi Coates

Caught Up In Godby Willie James Jennings

Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?, by Ibram X Kendi

 

Listen

Code Switch, hosted by journalists Gene Demby and Shereen Marisol Meraji

Black Like Me, host Dr. Alex Gee

Scene on Radio – Seeing White Series, host John Biewen and collaborator Chenjerai Kumanyika

TED Radio Hour – Mary Bassett: How Does Racism Affect Your Health?
Host Guy Raz speaks with Dr. Mary T. Bassett, Director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University

Here & Now – Without Slavery, Would The U.S. Be The Leading Economic Power?
Host Jeremy Hobson and author Edward Baptist

NPR Morning Edition – You Cannot Divorce Race From Immigration
Journalist Rachel Martin talks to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas

Pod Save the People
Activism. Social Justice. Culture. Politics. On Pod Save the People, organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson

 

Notice

Test Your Awareness: Do The Test
This video shows us the importance of paying attention, and how much more we see when we are looking for particular things around us.

Use each question below separately as one day’s challenge.

  • Who is and is not represented in ads?
  • What are the last five books you read? What is the racial mix of the authors?
  • What is the racial mix of the main characters in your favorite TV shows? Movies?
  • Who is filling what kinds of jobs/social roles in your world?  Can you correlate any of this to racial identity?

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