October 26, 2020

Anti-Racist Resource Lists: For Adults, Educators and Students

The following books were selected from a list compiled by Ibram X. Kendi and originally published in the New York Times.

The following verses from 1st Corinthians 3:1-3 describe a mindset steeped in paradigms and opinions ‘of this world’. Among those of the dominate culture (the in-group), these ideas privilege us and ease our way in life, but often make it difficult for those of minority cultures (or, ‘out-groups’) to flourish like the dominate group can — or at all. We even tend to view scripture through our dominate cultural lens, making it seem to favor, and even to require our culturally-constructed norms of political, social and even religious thought and practice, and we mistakenly believe it says these are “the way things should be.” Christ, however, said we should rather “remove the plank from our own eyes,” so we could see well enough to remove the “speck” from the eyes of our brothers and sisters. (Matthew 7:3-5)

“And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to infants in Christ. I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able, for you are still fleshly. For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men?” – 1st Corinthians 3:1-3

And the Spirit of Christ went on, through the Apostle Paul, to describe the following weak spiritual conditioning that besets many of us, but because of hope, He also prescribes the remedy: solid food and training of our senses:

11 Concerning Christ (and His thoughts and ways) we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. 12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God [editors note: – things like loving our neighbor as we do ourselves, considering their needs worthy of being considered before our own, and stopping the oppressor (Isaiah 1:17, Proverbs 31:8-9, et seg.)], and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.” – Hebrews 5:11-14

And finally, Hebrews 6:1-3 says:

“Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity . . . and this we will do, if God permits.” – Hebrews 6:1-3

Friends, the following reading list has moved on from providing ‘milk,’ and is providing solid ‘meat.’ Its books are for those who are pressing in to spiritual maturity; who because of practice have, or are having their senses trained to discern good (anti-racism and racial equity) and evil (racism, systemic racism and structural inequity). Please approach this material with a spiritually prepared mind and a receptive heart, in order to learn new things about good and evil. Test all things not against culturally constructed paradigms of scripture, but against the unvarnished, multicultural scripture itself. If you do that, you can gain much spiritual insight and training from these sources.


The following lists were compiled by the Center for Racial Justice in Education and were originally published here (for educators) and here (for students)



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