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Week of June 28
Pre-work: Listen to this Podcast: Begin Here: Racism and Our Nervous System
Last week, Pastor Sharon referred to the book “My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathways to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies” by Resmaa Menakem. It suggests that the foundation of listening, learning, and transformation begins with an awareness of how our nervous systems impact our experience of race. We HIGHLY recommend you listen to or read this interview between the book’s author, Resmaa Menakem and Krista Trippett through the OnBeing website.
Day 1. Read the PC(USA) church-wide anti-racism policy, “Facing Racism: A Vision of the Intercultural Community,” at facingracism.org.
Day 2. Study the Week One lesson from the Facing Racism Study Guide.
Day 3. Watch an updated version of the Clark doll experiment, which explores how early-in-life ideas of racial inferiority and superiority are internalized. (5 minute video)
Week of July 5th
Day 4. Study the Week Two lesson from the Facing Racism Study Guide.
Day 5. Read the resolution of the 223rd General Assembly of the PC(USA) on environmental racism.
Week of July 12
Day 6. Watch the Presbyterian Hunger Program’s webinar, “Impact of Environmental Injustice on Low Income and Communities of Color.” 55 minutes
Day 7. Read what youth at the 2016 Triennium learned about environmental racism.
Week of July 19
Day 8. Study the Week Three lesson from the Facing Racism Study Guide.
Day 9. Choose a resource on the Doctrine of Discovery to read from facingracism.org.
Week of July 26
Day 10. Watch the PBS documentary “Unspoken: America’s Native American Boarding Schools.” 56 minutes
Day 11. Take the awareness test. Go out and change what you notice.
Week of August 2
Day 12. Study the Week Four lesson from the Facing Racism Study Guide.
Day 13. Read the Confession of Belhar. Reflect on how your church is using and living into it.
Week of August 9
Day 14. Visit the Presbyterian Intercultural Network’s website. Connect with a chapter near you or inquire about creating one.
Day 15. Study the Week Five lesson from the Facing Racism Study Guide.
Day 16. Read “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Peggy McIntosh.
Week of August 16 (last discussions until Fall)
Day 17. Study the Week Six lesson from the Facing Racism Study Guide.
Day 19. Notice the structures and practices in your church. Raise questions about how they help or hinder racial equity.
Day 20. Engage: Suggest studying the Facing Racism Study Guide as a church or mid council to your leaders.
Day 21. Act: Commit to doing the challenge again. Invite someone to join you.
Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte NC posted these videos for congregational members to reflect on racism within themselves and their community. We in Corvallis are urged to do the same.
This is Us, Dr. Eddie Glaude explains why blaming current racial tensions on Donald Trump misses the point. (3 minutes)
Confronting ‘intergroup anxiety’: Can you try too hard to be fair? Explores why we may get tongue tied and blunder when we encounter people from groups unfamiliar to us. (5 minutes)
CBS News Analysis: 50 states, 50 different ways of teaching America’s past, Ibram X. Kendi reviews current history curriculum production and use across the U.S. (5 minutes)
The Disturbing History of the Suburbs, An “Adam Ruins Everything” episode that quickly and humorously educates how redlining came to be. (6 minutes)
What Kind of Asian Are You? Humorous two minute YouTube video that illustrates the utter silliness of the way many white Americans interact with Asian Americans. (2 minutes)
Birth of a White Nation, Keynote speech by legal scholar Jacqueline Battalora, offers a blow-by-blow description of the moment the idea of, and word for, “white” people entered U.S. legal code. (36 minutes)
13th, Netflix documentary by Ava DuVernay about the connection between US Slavery and the present day mass incarceration system. (1 hour, 40 minutes)
How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them, TED Talk by Vernā Myers, encourages work vigorously to counter balance bias by connecting with and learning about and from the groups we fear. (19 minutes)
The danger of a single story, TED Talk by Chimamanda Adiche, offers insight to the phenomenon of using small bits of information to imagine who a person is. (18 minutes)
How to deconstruct racism, one headline at a time, TED Talk by Baratunde Thurston that explores patterns revealing our racist framing, language, and behaviors. (10 minutes)
Indigenous People React to Indigenous Representation in Film And TV, Conversation with a diverse range of Indigenous people by FBE about media depictions of Indigenous people, Columbus day, and Indigenous identity. (15 minutes)
What Being Hispanic and Latinx Means in the United States, Fernanda Ponce shares what she’s learning about the misunderstanding and related mistreatment of the incredibly diverse ethnic category people in U.S. call Hispanic. (12 minutes)
Tyler Merrit Project: Before You Call (3 minutes)
Action: Sign the PCUSA’s Petition
Petition the President of the United States to proclaim a national day of “Mourning Against Racial Injustice” on June 19th, the traditional day of celebration for African Americans over the end of slavery, where flags will be flown at half-mast.
Contact your member of Congress demanding legislation that defines racialized police violence as a hate crime.
Some community conversations you can take part in: Community-Conversations-2020
Read this 2019 article by Ijeoma Oluo: Confronting racism is not about the needs and feelings of white people
- Express your support for the Oregon Cares Fund for Black Relief and Resiliency by quickly sending emails to your legislative representatives.
- Through July 11th, I Am My White Ancestors: Claiming the Legacy of Oppression by Anne Mavor- an ongoing exhibit at The Arts Center in Corvallis Visits by appointment only.
- If you missed the Supporting Communities of Color in Linn and Benton Counties online panel hosted by LBHEA, you can still view it online.
- If you missed the CitySpeak Online Panel discussion for “Claiming White Legacies of Oppression, Allying for Change” hosted by the Corvallis Advocate, you can still view it online.
- Throughout July, Oregon’s Department of Justice is hosting a series of eleven Community Conversations about pathways to justice and support for marginalized and oppressed people in Oregon. Topics of discussion will include institutional racism, implicit bias, and Oregon’s new hate crime law. Please click the link to find dates, times, and links for each conversation.
- August 28th in Washington D.C. March on Washington 2020.