I am by no means an expert in racism.
So let me preface this post by saying I too am learning and unlearning. My eyes are being opened to things I’m seeing in myself and in our culture, and I’m not okay with sitting idly. The action and change happening in our country right now in regards to racial equality and justice is empowering me to listen, learn, and lean in.
I’m learning, for the first time in 27 years, that I’m privileged. And that I’ve been ignorant to my own biases and prejudices for many years. I’ve never had to deal with the depravity and discrimination that my black friends and neighbors deal with daily. But I’m making strides to try and make right my wrongs, because I’m learning that silence is not the answer. In an effort to say something sympathetic and meaningful, I’ll probably stumble over my words. Please forgive me if/when I do. Correct me in love (not hate) so that I can be a better friend and neighbor. I know I’m ignorant, but I’m learning. So please, bear with me and love me through the refining reconciliation. This fight against racism is a marathon, not a sprint. It’s gonna take a lot of personal time, prayer, listening, and learning. But I know that the Lord is drawing me closer to himself through this. He’s opening my eyes to what true, deep, abiding love is.
My goal in creating this platform has always been for it to be resource for furthering God’s love. And in the midst of the current rioting and unrest, God’s been revealing areas of my own heart and mind that need surrendering, conviction, and correction. And he’s asking me to lean into the uncomfortable and change the way I see and serve his children. I’m learning and unlearning behaviors, stereotypes, and beliefs, and I’m surrendering them to the Lord.
So out of obedience to God’s stirring in my own heart, I’m sharing some of the resources that I’ve been using and adding to my to-do list. Whether you’re a fan of podcasts, books, articles, or videos, I’ve gotcha covered. I want to be sure that I’m being a good steward of the gift I’ve been given as a white person: my voice. So I’m gonna use mine for the glory of God’s kingdom and for the justice of his children. Mind you, this is just scratching the surface of racial reconciliation. But as time progresses, I’ll hopefully expand this list as my own understanding and knowledge increases. Join me on this journey!
Woman Talk to God
The Faith & Mental Wellness Podcast
Jude 3 Project
Pass the Mic
…To Listen To
1. The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey #160: Osehta Moore
2. Shine Brighter Together: What Is Anti-Racism and Why You’re Not Doing It with Monique Melton
3. Daily Grace Episode 70: Learning from Our Differences with Kristie Anyabwile
4. Brené with Ibram X. Kendi on How to Be an Antiracist
5 & 6. Go + Tell Gals with Jess Connolly: Episode 28: Monique Melton & Episode 72: Latasha Morrison
7. Radical with David Platt: Unity in Diversity
8. SHE with Jordan Dooley: An Honest Conversation on Racial Reconciliation (Ft. Zach & Megan Duke)
9. Pass the Mic: A Racial Reformation in the 21st Century
10. Behind the Bliss Episode 103: How to Handle a Heavy Spirit with Brittney Moses
11. Behind the Bliss Episode 102: A Conversation About Race and Where to Start with Danielle Coke
Four Ways to Let the Gospel Shape Your Response to Racism – Radical.net
Where To Begin Working on Racial Injustice – Radical.net
The Church as a Diverse and Unified Political Outpost – Radical.net
For Our White Friends Desiring to Be Allies – Sojourners
Study Shows Racism Shortens Lifespan of Black People – Sojourners
The Feast of the Martyrs of Emmanuel AME Charleston, SC – Fr. Greg Snyder
George Floyd and Me – The Gospel Coalition
Words and Forgiveness Matter, as do Listening and Learning – Christianity Today
Psalms of Justice – The Gospel Coalition
I Am Not Your Negro, Amazon Prime
LA 92, Netflix
Teach Us All, Netflix
The Hate U Give
12 Years a Slave
Just Mercy – FULL LENGTH FILM (Free throughout June 2020)
Become the Bridge | A Conversation With Pastor Steven Furtick & Pastor John Gray | Elevation Church
Tim Keller | Racism and Corporate Evil: A White Guy’s Perspective
David Platt | Praying to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God
Grace, Justice, & Mercy: An Evening with Bryan Stevenson & Rev. Tim Keller