Resources for Learning
Updated: Nov 12
In my podcast, Ahmaud Arbery and Racial Bias in the Criminal Justice System my interviewee, John Bradley, mentioned books and studies about racial bias. Here are some:
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Michelle Alexander.
Here is a fantastic resource which I mentioned in my second interview with John entitled, "Report to the United Nations on Racial Disparities in the US Criminal Justice System." If you read nothing else, read this.
And here are a few others:
Book: The Condemnation of Blackness: race, crime and the making of modern urban America, by Khalil Gibran Muhammad
Youtube series: Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man, by Emmanual Acho
Some of my Best Friends are Black: the strange story of integration in America by Tanner Colby. A wonderful book about why we're still so segregated.
Stamped from the Beginning: the definitive history of racists ideas in America, by Ibram X. Kendi. A best selling author explaining legislation that got us where we are.
White Awake: an honest look at what it means to be white by Daniel Hill
People don't just become racist overnight. Racism grows in the human heart over time, starting from childhood. Here are some resources for raising kids who aren't racist:
My blog post, Teaching Kids about Racial Diversity.
My podcast: The Talk: talking to our White and Black children about race
Podcast: How to Raise Anti-Racist Kids.
Book: Raising White Kids: bringing up children in a racially unjust America, by Jennifer Harvey
Your Kids Aren't Too Young to Talk about Race. (This list includes some articles and books for adults, too.)
Here is a list of race-based movies. Some good for older kids and some just for adults:
Ruby Bridges (ok for kids)
Something the Lord Made (ok for older kids)
Gifted Hands (ok for older kids)
The Great Debaters (ok for older kids)
Hidden Figures (ok for kids)
The Butler (ok for older kids)
To Kill a Mockingbird (ok for older kids)
The Tuskegee Airmen (ok for older kids)
Harriet (ok for kids)
Green Book (ok for older kids)
Remember the Titans (ok for kids)
Malcolm X (adults)
Just Mercy (adults)
When They See Us (adults)
Twelve Years a Slave (adults)
A Time to Kill (adults)
The Hurricane (adults)
Resources for racial healing in the church:
The Third Option, by Miles McPherson.
Interview between TD Jakes and Carl Lenz about the church and race
Interview between Steven Furtick and John Gray about the church's role in being the bridge in racial reconciliation.
One: racial unity in the Body of Christ, by yours truly!
Currently, I'm taking my time reading, The Warmth of Other Suns, by Isabel Wilkerson. It is a long, deep, interesting, wonderful read.
We live in an age when life-long learning is not only possible, but relatively easy. Take some time to experience the stories of others by reading, listening and watching.