Committing to Change
We are a church, and a community committed to positive change and advancing racial healing in our nation. Here we have gathered a growing list of resources, articles, reading lists and more to help further this cause. If you have suggestions for something to add here, please let us know!
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr chronicles in his own words his account of the first successful large-scale application of nonviolent resistance in America. The Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955-1956.
Pulitzer Prize winner David Zucchino gives a historical account of the murderous coup of 1898 in Wilmington, NC, which gave rise to white supremacy. Many of the names of the white supremacists mentioned in the book still adorn monuments and buildings on the campus of my beloved UNC-Chapel Hill.
Richard Rothstein writes this remarkable account of how US governments in the 20th century deliberately imposed racial segregation on cities throughout the country. The book documents how our cities became so divided.
In this powerful book, Robin DiAngelo explores how white privilege develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.
The New York Times produced a series of six short videos (between 1 and 3 minutes each) on implicit bias and its effects.
Verna Myers in a TedxTalk offers three important calls of action for acknowledging our unconscious (and conscious) biases and changing our relationships with others, especially with young black men.
Look Different is an MTV campaign to help people “unlearn biases, open up conversations with family & friends and [get] specific things you can do to fight for what’s right. There are resources for educators, information on racial, gender, and anti-LGBT bias, a bias cleanse, and several other tips and actions to take.
Project Implicit is a non-profit organization founded by researchers from the University of Washington, Harvard University, and the University of Virginia. Its goal is to educate the public about hidden biases and to function as a virtual laboratory for collecting data on unconscious bias. The link takes you to a page where you can take online implicit association tests (IATs) relating to different types of unconscious bias, including skin-tone preference, sexuality preference, the link between gender and science, age preference, the link between gender and family versus career, racial preference, weight preference, disability preference, and others. For an analysis of issues relating to IAT procedures and application, see Nosek et al (2005).
The University of Washington’s ADVANCE Center for Institutional Change created a training video and facilitation guide to help faculty search committees uncover and address unconscious bias in the faculty candidate evaluation process.
Resources and tools regarding racism and anti-blackness and how to be a better ally.