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. 2 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, 3 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.
ANTI-RACIST READING LIST FOR ADULTS
- FATAL INVENTION: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-First Century
- WEST INDIAN IMMIGRANTS: A Black Success Story?
- THE CONDEMNATION OF BLACKNESS: Race, Crime and the Making of Modern Urban America
- THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD
- THE NEGRO ARTIST AND THE RACIAL MOUNTAIN
- THE BLUEST EYE
- THE BLACKER THE BERRY
- THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MALCOLM X
- DYING OF WHITENESS: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America’s Heartland
- LOCKING UP OUR OWN: Crime and Punishment in Black America
- WAITING ’TIL THE MIDNIGHT HOUR: A Narrative History of Black Power in America
- HOW WE GET FREE: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective
- WELL-READ BLACK GIRL: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves
ANTI-RACIST RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS:
- Alexander, Michelle. The New Jim Crow. New York: The New Press, 2012.
- Bolgatz, J. Talking Race in the Classroom. New York: Teachers College Press, 2005.
- Derman-Sparks, Louise, and Patricia Ramsay. What If All the Kids Are White? Anti-Bias Multicultural Education with Young Children and Families. New York: Teachers College Press, 2006.
- Genishi, Celia, and A. Lin Goodwin. Diversities in Early Childhood Education: Rethinking and Doing. New York: Teacher College Press, 2008.
- Irving, Debbie. Waking Up White in the Story of my Race. Chicago: Elephant Room Press, 2014.
- Lee, Enid, Deborah Menkart and Margo Okazawa-Rey, eds. Beyond Heroes and Holidays: A Practical Guide to K-12 Anti-Racist, Multicultural Education, and Staff Development. Washington, DC: Network of Educators on the Americas [NECA], 1998.
- Loewen, James W. Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong.The New Press, 2013.
- Michael, Ali. Raising Race Questions: Whiteness and Inquiry in Education. New York: Teachers College Press, 2015.
- Pollock, M. Colormute: Race Talk Dilemmas in an American School. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. 2004.
- Pollock, M. (Ed.) Everyday Antiracism: Getting Real About Race in School. New. York: The New Press. 2008.
- Steele, Claude M. Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do. New York: W. W Norton & Company, 2010.
- Stevenson, Howard C. Promoting Racial Literacy in Schools: Differences That Make a Difference. New York: Teachers College Press, 2015.
- Tatum, B. D. “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” and Other Conversations About Race. New York: Harper/Collins. 1997.
- Tatum, B.D. “Can We Talk About Race?” and Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation. New York: Beacon Press, 2007.
- Van Ausdale, D. & Feagin, J.R. The First R: How Children Learn Race and Racism.Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. 2001.
RESOURCES FOR TALKING ABOUT RACE, RACISM AND RACIALIZED VIOLENCE WITH STUDENTS
Interviews/Advice from Experts:
- Talking to Children after Racial Incidents from the Penn GSE Newsroom
- Supporting Kids Of Color In Wake Of Racialized Violence from EmbraceRace
- Tips for Parents on Media Coverage from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
- Talking to Children about the Shooting from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
- An Activity Book For African American Families: Helping Children Cope with Crisis from the National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
- 10 Quick Ways to Analyze Children’s Books For Racism and Sexism, Council
on Interracial Books for Children
- Talking to kids about discrimination, American Psychological Association
- What White Children Need to Know About Race, Ali Michael and Eleonora Bartoli
- Talking to Kids about Racial Stereotypes – Tip Sheet, Media Smarts
- Resources for Discussing Police Violence, Race, and Racism With Students by Evie Blad
- Teaching About Race, Racism and Police Violence from Teaching Tolerance
- 100 Race-Conscious Things you can Say to your Child to Advance Racial Justice from Raising Race Conscious Children
- Talking to Kids About Racism and Justice: a list for parents, caregivers & educators from the Oakland Public Library
- Resources for Educators Focusing on Anti-Racist Learning and Teaching from the Early Childhood Education Assembly
- A Collection of Resources for Teaching Social Justice, Jennifer Gonzalez.
- 60+ Resources for Talking to Kids About Racism, Lorien Van Ness
- Talking About Racism And Bias: Resources For Parents And Caregivers, Children’s Alliance
- Racial Justice Resources for Families, Massachusetts Conference United Church of Christ
- Talking to Children About Race and Ethnicity, Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences
- How should New York City teachers guide conversations about race and police violence? by Alex Zimmerman, Patrick Wall and Annie Ma
- Talking to Kids about Racial Violence, by Haig Chahinian
- The Conversation We Must Have with Our White Children by Courtney E. Martin
- How To Talk To Your Kids About The Dallas Shooting, Because It Shouldn’t Be Ignored by Alana Romain
- What Kids Need to Know about Race and Violence- but many Schools won’t Touch by Valerie Strauss
- Little Pitchers Have Big Ears: Helping Children Deal with Tragedies by Cabinet of Curiosities LLC
- Talking to Kids about Current Events and Conflicts from Lee & Low Books
- How should teachers and parents talk to kids about police violence? by Emma Brown
- 4 Things We Should All Teach Kids About Racism Right Now by Mia McKenzie
- Philando Castile Shooting: How Do Parents Talk To Children About Police Brutality? by Julia Glum
- In the Turmoil Over Race and Policing, Children Pay a Steep Emotional Price by Yamiche Alcindor
- too great a burden to bear by Sabrina Joy Stevens
- What White Children Need to Know about Race by Ali Michael and Eleonora Bartoli
- Teaching Tolerance: How white parents should talk to their young kids about race by Melinda Wenner Moyer
- 5 Tips for Talking About Racism With Kids by Sasha Emmons
- Race Talk: Engaging Young People in Conversations about Race and Racism by Anti-Defamation League
- Honestly, Sometimes I’m Uncomfortable With My Children Making White Friends by Margaret e Jacobsen
- Here’s How To Raise Race-Conscious Children by Erin Winkler
- Your 5-year-old is already racially biased. Here’s what you can do about it by Andrew Grant-Thomas
- Kids Are Quoting Trump To Bully Their Classmates And Teachers Don’t Know What To Do About It by Albert Samaha (BuzzFeed News Reporter) Mike Hayes (BuzzFeed News Reporter) Talal Ansari (BuzzFeed News Reporter)
- Talking to Children About Race, Policing and Violence by New York Times
- Why I teach my 2-year-old about race by Michelle Acker Perez
- It’s Never Too Early to Talk About Race by Sarah Butler
- Black Parents in Baton Rouge on How They’re Talking to Kids about Police Brutality by Taryn Finley
- 7 Tips for White Parents to Talk to their Kids about Police Murders of Black People by Katie Tastrom
- Talking with Kids about Racism is an Act of Kindness and and Act of Freedom by Emma Redden
- Livingroom Protest from Staceyann and Zuri Chin
- Telling my White Four-year-old about Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by Sachi Feris
- Why a White Space? From CARLE Institute, courtesy of “Alliance of White Anti-Racists Everywhere” (AWARE-LA)
- Right-wing delusions about anti-white propaganda: Why they’re wrong about shielding children from the truth about racism,”by Chauncey Devega
- NY Post Slams Diversity Programs,” by Steve Nelson
- Letter to the LREI Community, July 12, 2016, by Phil Kassen