By Sue Roman
As promised, here is a short reading list on racism in the U.S. There are many more but this is a good place to start.
1. IF YOU READ ONLY ONE, READ THIS ONE.
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Coates captures what it feels like to grow up and be Black in the U.S. He weaves in history, current reporting, and his personal story.
2. "The Case for Reparations" (Article) by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-fve years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole. This piece for The Atlantic Magazine explains how the African American community has been deprived of the wealth
of their labor, especially recently through housing segregation.
3. Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America by Eduardo
A detailed look at how institutional racism works.
4. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
A chronicle of the 20th century migrations of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North.
5. Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving
The story of the awakening of a white woman from the northeast on racism and its effects on her relationships and her
6. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander et al.
How the War on Drugs has disproportionally affected people of color.
7. America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America by Jim Wallis et al.
A new book by the founder of "Sojourners" urging white Christians to cross a new bridge toward racial justice and
About Trinity's Racial Justice Group
During the winter of 2014/15, a small group at Trinity began to talk about beginning a conversation in our parish focused on the crucial social issues of racial justice, equality, and reconciliation, especially in light of the incidents during the summer and fall of 2014 involving Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, Eric Garner in New York, and Freddie Gray in Baltimore, etc. As a first step, we invited a panel of speakers to present to us in May of 2015. Please see the Newtown Bee press release summarizing this first event.