21 DAY RACIAL EQUITY CHALLENGE

Dear Friends,

There is a 21 Day Challenge proposed by Eddie Moore, Jr., that several churches in our country are doing that engages people in the conversation about racial tensions and relationships in America. ​We have their permission and encouragement to do the same. This 21 Day Challenge will by no means be the end of the work we need to do, instead, it is a humble beginning on a long and important journey. The recent killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks and Breonna Taylor have only highlighted the immediacy and need of this work. The racial inequity that divides us is a part of our history as a people that we cannot hide from, and to ignore is to go against the will of Christ which is “to unite all things in him” (Ephesians 1:10).

Here’s the Challenge: each day for 21 days choose to do one of the resources listed below.  Record your thoughts in the Tracking tool (right) or a journal. Then continue the journey by exploring other resources, reading books, and watching for more to come. You could also join the NC Synod’s Racial Justice Network at https://www.racialjusticenetworknc.org

Let’s not be so naïve as to think we’ve dealt with this in a single sermon.  Let’s not be so insensitive to hope that we can just move on. Together, let's take time to listen, to understand and to ask with the willingness for change.


Peace,​

Pastor Scott Suskovic, Senior Pastor & Mr. Willie Pinson, Minister of Inclusion

Want to get your children involved? Check here for great age appropriate resources!

WATCH

This is Us, Dr. Eddie Glaude explains why blaming current racial tensions on Donald Trump misses the point. (3 min.)

Racism is Real, A split-screen video depicting the differential in the white and black lived experience. (3 min.)

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 min.)

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 min.)

The Disturbing History of the Suburbs, An “Adam Ruins Everything” episode that quickly and humorously educates how redlining came to be. (6 min.)

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 min.)

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 min.)

13th, Netflix documentary by Ava DuVernay about the connection between US Slavery and the present day mass incarceration system. (1 hour, 40 min.)

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 min.)

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 min.)

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 min.)

Indigenous People React to Indigenous Representation in Film & TV, Conversation with a diverse range of Indigenous people by FBE about  media depictions of Indigenous people, Columbus day, and Indigenous identity. (15 min.)  

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 of Hispanic people (12 min.)

Tyler Merrit Project: Before You Call (3 min.)

The Green Book (Movie Trailer)

Just Mercy (Movie Trailer)

Selma (Movie Trailer)

When They See Us (Movie Trailer)

LISTEN

Code Switch, hosted by journalists Gene Demby and Shereen Marisol Meraji

Black Like Me, host Dr. Alex Gee

Scene on Radio – Seeing White Series, host John Biewen and collaborator Chenjerai Kumanyika

TED Radio Hour – Mary Bassett: How Does Racism Affect Your Health? host Guy Raz speaks with Dr. Mary T. Bassett, Director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University

Here & Now – Without Slavery, Would The U.S. Be The Leading Economic Power? host Jeremy Hobson and author Edward Baptist

NPR Morning Edition – You Cannot Divorce Race From Immigration journalist Rachel Martin talks to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas

Pod Save the People, Activism. Social Justice. Culture. Politics. On Pod Save the People, organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson

No Ashes in the Fire audio book by Darnell L. Moore

Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man by Emmanuel Acho

NOTICE

Test Your Awareness: Take the Test

This video shows us the importance of paying attention, and how much more we see when we are looking for particular things around us.​

Use each question below separately as one day’s challenge.

  • Who is and is not represented in ads?
  • What are the last five books you read? What is the racial mix of the authors?
  • What is the racial mix of the main characters in your favorite TV shows? Movies?
  • Who is filling what kinds of jobs/social roles in your world?  Can you correlate any of this to racial identity?

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