Confronting Systemic Racism
At TPC, we value inclusivity, curiosity, compassion, and courage. The ministry of Jesus Christ and the breath of the Holy Spirit have shown us both the humanity and divinity that exists within every single person… regardless of skin color… or ethnicity… or citizenship… or sexual orientation… or socio-economic condition... or any other prejudice we may try to use to separate some from others.
Sadly, we also recognize the limited work we have done to combat societal systems of injustice and prejudice that have existed around and, at times, within us, which have served to lift some up while pushing others down.
We are called to do more--both do better understand and better combat the systemic racism that continues to exist. Below are resources all are encouraged to explore.
Summer Small Group
"How To Be An Antiracist" by Ibram X. Kendi
- Thursdays || 7-8:30 p.m. || Aug. 6, 13, 20, & 27
- We not only do long to envision what an antiracist society entails; we yearn to play an active role in building it. Ibram X. Kendi’s 2019 book “How To Be An Antiracist” can help us on that journey.
- Prior to the start of small group gatherings, small group participants are asked to please read the book on your own (which can be purchased wherever books are sold).
- Participants are also encouraged to participate in this virtual event event on July 20th hosted by Prince George County's Library System where Ibram X. Kendi will discuss "How to Be An Anti racist.
- To register for the small group, click here.
Articles to read:
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack - "I was taught to see racism only in individual acts of meanness, not in invisible systems conferring dominance on my group." by Peggy McIntosh
Tips for Creating Effective White Caucus Groups - White Caucuses are an important mechanism for people who identify as white and/or have white skin privilege to do our own work. It provides us an environment and intention to authentically and critically engage in whiteness, white privilege, and hold each other accountable for change. We explore how to recognize whiteness and white privilege, identify and interrupt our internalized dominance, and collectively develop strategies for liberation and change.
Article for Parents
A video from the PC (USA) Stated Clerk and Office of the General Assembly calls the church to action in light of three deaths in May, 2020 of African Americans.
Race - The Power of Illusion: How the racial wealth gap was created
Ted Talk from Verna Myers - "Overcoming Our Biases"
Ted Talk from Peggy McIntosh: "How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion"
Additional Videos to watch:
13th (Netflix) - A thought-provoking documentary, in which scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom.