Racial Understanding and Equity
Now is the time to look at ourselves honestly. To name and challenge the patterns of racism and bias that have characterized the dominant culture in our nation. We can do this in the ways that we pray and speak and act.
We have formed a group to participate in Sacred Ground, a unique and thought-provoking program created by the Episcopal Church to build Racial Healing, Reconciliation and Justice. We will begin the program on Sunday, December 6 at 5 pm and meet every 2 weeks via Zoom.
[Meeting ID: 828 0901 3521; Passcode: 485744]
We plan to offer subsequent sessions in 2021 if there is interest.
The 10-part program is a film- and readings-based dialogue, grounded in faith. As a group, we will explore chapters of America’s history of race and racism, while weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity.
Explore the Sacred Ground series website to learn more.
General Discussion Resources
On Being podcasts with Krista Tippett:
John Lewis, Love in Action, posted on July 23, 2020
Selected Discussion Resources
Stereotypes of privileged white women.
- How the name ‘Karen’ became a stand-in for problematic white women . . . by Rachel E. Greenspan in Insider.
- What’s In A ‘Karen’? from the NPR podcast Code Switch
“Karen” has become cultural shorthand for a white woman who wields her race as a cudgel.
Barriers to police reform, both nationally and in Connecticut.
- June, 2020 New York Times article: How Police Unions Became Such Powerful Opponents to Reform Efforts
- June 7, 2020, USA Today article: Not just George Floyd: Police departments have 400-year history of racism
- A 2017 article about East Haven, CT consent decree between the town’s police and the U.S. Department of Justice regarding systemic discrimination of Latinos.
A look at housing discrimination in Connecticut.
- Connecticut’s ‘suburban strategy’ caused segregation. It’s time to fix it. by Kiley Gosselin and Kevin Taylor, published 8/22/2020 in The Hartford Courant.
- Separated by Design: How wealthy towns keep people with housing vouchers out by Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, published 1/9/2020.
This article is part of a series published by the Connecticut Mirror; link to more articles in series.
Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man with Emmanuel Acho. A recommended starting episode is Race vs. Religion.
Problem Areas HBO series
Introduced in April 2018, the series follows comedian and writer Wyatt Cenac as he brings unique perspectives to systemic issues. Warning: there is some irreverent language, which we hope does not offend.
• Read a NYT commentary on the Problem Areas series
• Link to episode 1 on YouTube
How to Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. Link to 1-hour YouTube video featuring Ibram Kendi on How to Be an Antiracist.
The documentary 13th, available on Netflix. Link to official trailer on YouTube.
Waking Up White by Debby Irving
The Corrymeela Community
A prayer in times of violence
God of all humanity
in times of violence
we see how inhuman we can be.
We pray for those who, today,
are weighed down by grief.
We pray for those who, yesterday,
were weighed down by grief.
And the day before,
and all the days before the day before.
We pray, too, for those who help us turn towards
justice and peace.
Turn us all towards justice and peace
because we need it.
O God. You have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth.
Help us to see your likeness in every person