Resources

Racial unity is a difficult goal; beyond simply loving those around us, it requires us to see things from someone else’s point of view, and to look at the systems already present in our life that we may not be aware of. This list of online resources is here to point you toward writing and conversation on these topics. Some of the authors and pieces are from a Christian viewpoint; some are simply addressing the issues. We hope that you will find these links helpful.

The Racial Dot Map: One dot for every person living in the US, according to 2010 census data. This interactive map lets you see where we live, broken down by race. You can zoom in on any city or community.

Christena Cleveland: Christena is a social psychologist who equips people to do the work of unity and reconciliation. She also tweets lots of helpful links.

Has Dr. King’s Dream Come True? On the 50th anniversary of MLK’s death (2013), Ed Stetzer reflects on the state of race and church in America.

White Privilege – Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack: The original article by Peggy McIntosh that began to address the “invisible knapsack” – the set of advantages that white people enjoy in American culture, usually without realizing it, simply by being of the majority race.

Black in America: A series of articles on CNN.com that illustrate what life is like as an African-American in the US.

Be The Bridge: Latasha Morrison is a bridge-builder who engages the church on racial issues. This is her blog, along with speaking information.

Tim Wise: While not coming from a necessarily Christian viewpoint, Tim Wise is a historian who is a fascinating speaker and educator on the effects of historical movements that we may not know or realize.