Resources You Can Use Today
Over the last week, I’ve been listening to my Black clergy colleagues, talking with other Doubting Believers and doing some of my own research on how we can help right now. There are is an overwhelming amount of information out there, so here is a short list of resources that I (and people who know a lot more than I do) are finding helpful right now.
- For people who think that “Black Lives Matter” means that other lives don’t have value
- For people who say things like “color doesn’t matter” or “I don’t see color”
- For anyone who has ever said, “I’m not a racist”
- So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo is a must read.
Want the kids in your life to be anti-racists? Here are 31 Books for Kids that talk about race, racism and resistance
White Fragility by Robin D’Angelo is another good resource, and it gives us ways to talk to those who react defensively or angrily when faced with the term “white privilege.”
Consider taking the 21-Day Racial Equity Building Habit Building Challenge.
Contact your local mayor and police chief to ask what they are doing to end racial injustice and combat racism within their ranks. Copy your local media on any emails or letters.
Put your money where your mind and your mouth are. Rolling Stone has put together an extensive list of vetted organizations where your money will be put to good use right now.
There is a lot happening, and there is much work to be done. Take radically good care of yourself. We’ll be talking more about how to do that here at Doubting Believer in the days and weeks to come. The world needs you healthy and whole so that you are able to do the work God calls you to.
Rev. Anne Russ is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA), currently based in New York City. Doubting Believer is an online, inclusive and progressive Christian community. Follow us on Facebook and get emails to keep up with all that is happening.