Race in the US: My Personal Bibliography

A great start for white Americans, especially white Christian Americans:

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Another quick summary of some of the issues:

Adam Conover, "The Disturbing History of the Suburbs," Adam Ruins Everything, CollegeHumor, October 4, 2017.

Other great books (and one movie):

Click on images for additional links to author interviews or podcasts.

Personal favorites: Just Mercy and The Third Reconstruction

Worth Getting Through: The Color of Law and The Warmth of Other Suns

I am not a big podcast person, but these two are exceptional. I highly recommend them!

Lisa Sharon Harper, "Never Leave the Gospel Behind" For The Love with Jen Hatmaker. April 24, 2018

John Biewen, "Seeing White" Scene on Radio. 14-part series, 2017.

Don't miss the podcast links below!

A few personal notes:

You will like or appreciate different books and resources in a different order than I did. I started with The New Jim Crow, and it was so different from anything that I had been told or taught that it took me a long time to read it. That is probably more a factor of my past than of the book itself.

I mention it, though, because if you, in the course of reading or watching or listening, find your beliefs being challenged, I want to encourage you to sit with the discomfort. Take frequent breaks. Spend time in self-examination. And then, read another chapter or watch or listen to another 10 minutes, until you need to take a break again. I believe it is important both to honor yourself with careful thought and prayer, and to honor these stories by coming back to them and moving forward through them. The balance of those two things is up to you.

My favorite resources so far have been Bryan Stevenson's Just Mercy and Jen Hatmaker's interview of Lisa Sharon Harper. They are both difficult and heartbreaking, but they captured my attention and moved me more towards action and change than the rest of these (nevertheless great) resources. I am sure some of you will agree and others disagree with me on that.

Finally, I have used Twitter to connect with further voices on these topics. I follow the names I come across here, and then add more names through their connections. You may choose a different path. But I suggest that, if you are white, you develop your own networks, places where you can listen...listen...listen to the conversations, comments and experiences of people of color. They have been ignored by some of us for far too long.