A partial list of blogs, articles, videos, books, movies, websites, etc., to help you grow in understanding the dynamics of systemic racism and privilege.
Blogs & Statements
Online articles and reflections on racism
We Live in a World… by Apu Seyenkulo, Linda Johnson Seyenkulo
This blog is part of the series, We Talk, We Listen, from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Apu Seyenkulo is a physical therapist living and working in Charlotte, NC. Her mother, Rev. Linda Johnson Seyenkulo, is a (white) ELCA pastor currently serving in Liberia where her husband (and Apu's father) is bishop of the Liberian Lutheran Church, where he grew up.
ELCA Condemnation of White Supremacy and Racist Rhetoric
A social policy resolution passed by the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly.
Webinar: Becoming the Body of Christ--Condemning White Supremacy
Hosted on May 21, 2020, by ELCA Southeastern Synod in response to the killing of Ahmaud Arbery.
A variety of sites that also offer a host of resources
The website of the Anti-Racism Team of the Metro Chicago Synod contains recommendations for reading, watching, and discussing, along with information on upcoming Anti-Racism workshops.
Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University
You can take a variety of Implicit Association Tests as part of Harvard University's ongoing research project.
Movies, Documentaries, and TV Shows
Movies like The Help and Green Book are extremely popular movies about race. Popular, that is, with white people. But they are not considered authentic portrayals of the experience of black people. Following is a partial list of movies and TV shows recommended by black editors and commentators for their authenticity.
Dear Church: A Love Letter From a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the United States by ELCA pastor Lenny Duncan (Available from Augsburg Fortress)
“It’s time to stop prioritizing tradition and civility over the lives of the marginalized. Our well-meaning desires to be tolerant and welcoming have left us ill equipped to face radical evil.”
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin Diangelo
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum
Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
Luther's Small Catechism with African Descent Reflections, edited by ELCA pastor Joseph Bocko (available from Augsburg Fortress)
This edition of Luther's Small Catechism is not only the version of the Small Catechism widely used among Lutherans in North America today, but also includes reflections from a distinguished group of African descent Lutheran theologians. These brief commentaries offer additional context, language, and illumination from the experiences of African descent people, both past and present, to enrich our understanding of the Small Catechism and enliven faith. ―Excerpt from the introduction by the Rev. Dr. James Kenneth Echols (1951- 2018).