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Thank your for participating in the 21-Day Race Equity Chellange. As a Matthew 25 Presbytery, we are being intentional in the work of Dismantling Structural Racism and White Supremacy. In order for us to do this, we would like your input. Please share your reflections on the work so far--in participating in the 21-Day Challenge, the discussions/reflections surrounding the work, what would be helpful to continue to delve deeper and come through in love, healing and racial justice. Please fill out our reflections form.

We long to be better people - with real intentions to love and belong to one another in radical kinship. Sin, evil, and traditions of oppression create obstacles that constantly get in the way of our achieving these goals. In order to move toward true justice and freedom we must delve deeply into learning about structural racism, the effects of white supremacy on our faith, and the ways we participate in unjust systems. We are called now to engage in anti-racist practices that dismantle unjust structures. Doing this will lay the groundwork for healing and racial equity.

As a Matthew 25 Presbytery we must do this work together. We have an opportunity now to to be intentional about one area of focus: Dismantling structural racism by advocating and acting to break down the systems, practices, and thinking that underlie discrimination, bias, prejudice, and oppression of people of color. We are choosing to work together in the days, months, and years ahead to fully engage in this struggle which is being joined by congregations and Presbyteries across our denomination.

Our first invitation is to take the 21-Day Race Equity Challenge © (created by Eddie Moore of America & Moore), this work will help in confessing wrongs and moving toward justice and freedom. By using this tool you will be exposed to voices and perspectives different from your own through articles, videos, and podcasts. Each day you will choose one way of engagement and write regular reflections in your own journal, At the end of the challenge we will make time to gather and share our reflections.

 
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Watch

This is Us, Dr. Eddie Glaude explains why blaming current racial tensions on Donald Trump misses the point. (3 minutes)

Racism is Real, A split-screen video depicting the differential in the white and black lived experience. (3 minutes)

Confronting 'intergroup anxiety': Can you try too hard to be fair? Explores why we may get tongue tied and blunder when we encounter people from groups unfamiliar to us. (5 minutes)

CBS News Analysis: 50 states, 50 different ways of teaching America’s past, Ibram X. Kendi reviews current history curriculum production and use across the U.S. (5 minutes)

The Disturbing History of the Suburbs, An “Adam Ruins Everything” episode that quickly and humorously educates how redlining came to be. (6 minutes)

What Kind of Asian Are You? Humorous two minute YouTube video that illustrates the utter silliness of the way many white Americans interact with Asian Americans. (2 minutes)

Birth of a White Nation, Keynote speech by legal scholar Jacqueline Battalora, offers a blow-by-blow description of the moment the idea of, and word for, “white” people entered U.S. legal code. (36 minutes)

13th, Netflix documentary by Ava DuVernay about the connection between US Slavery and the present day mass incarceration system. (1 hour, 40 minutes)

How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them, TED Talk by Verna Myers, encourages work vigorously to counter balance bias by connecting with and learning about and from the groups we fear. (19 minutes)

The danger of a single story, TED Talk by Chimamanda Adiche, offers insight to the phenomenon of using small bits of information to imagine who a person is. (18 minutes)

How to deconstruct racism, one headline at a time, TED Talk by Baratunde Thurston that explores patterns revealing our racist framing, language, and behaviors. (10 minutes)

Indigenous People React to Indigenous Representation in Film And TV, Conversation with a diverse range of Indigenous people by FBE about media depictions of Indigenous people, Columbus day, and Indigenous identity. (15 minutes)

What Being Hispanic and Latinx Means in the United States, Fernanda Ponce shares what she’s learning about the misunderstanding and related mistreatment of the incredibly diverse ethnic category people in U.S. call Hispanic. (12 minutes)

Tyler Merrit Project: Before You Call (3 minutes)

Uncovering the Greenwood Massacre, nearly a century later 60 Minutes segment on the 1921 Tulsa Massacre (13 minutes)

Listen

Teaching While White, hosted by Jenna Chandler-Ward and Elizabeth Denevi

Code Switch, hosted by Gene Demby and Shereen Marisol Meraji

Breakdances with Wolves Podcast, hosted by Gyasi Ross, Wesley ("Snipes Type") Roach, and Minty LongEarth

Black Like Me, hosted by Dr. Alex Gee

Scene on Radio - Seeing White Series, hosted by John Biewen and collaborator Chenjerai Kumanyika

On Point Radio - Oklahoma To Incorporate 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Into Statewide School Curriculum, hosted by Guy Raz speaks with Dr. Mary T. Basset

Here & Now - Without Slavery, Would The U.S. Be The Leading Economic Power? hosted by Jeremy Hobson

NPR Morning Edition - You Cannot Divorce Race From Immigration hosted by Rachel Martin

BBC Radio 5 live - The Sista Collective hosted by Jessie Are-Phillips

TED Radio Hour - Mary Bassett: How Does Racism Affect Your Health? hosted by host Guy Raz with Dr. Mary T. Bassett

Notice

Test Your Awareness: Do The Test, This video shows us the importance of paying attention, and how much more we see when we are looking for particular things around us.

Use each question below separately as one day’s challenge.

  • Who is and is not represented in ads?
  • What are the last five books you read? What is the racial mix of the authors?
  • What is the racial mix of the main characters in your favorite TV shows? Movies?
  • Who is filling what kinds of jobs/social roles in your world? Can you correlate any of this to racial identity?
  • Notice how much of your day you are speaking about racism. Who are you engaging with on these issues? Who are you not? Why do you think this is?