21 Day Racial Justice Challenge

Day 1: Read the PC(USA) vision statement of the churchwide anti-racism policy, “Facing Racism: A Vision of the Intercultural Community,” at facingracism.pcusa.org. https://facing-racism.pcusa.org/site_media/media/uploads/facing_racism/resources/facing-racism-policy.pdf

Day 2: Locating ourselves and racial identity formation.  View 3 minutes VoX video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnfKgffCZ7U (additional item: TED Radio Hour-How Does Racism Affect Your Health? Dr. Marry T Bassett speaks about how and why race affects the medical attention you receive, your baby’s chance of living, and even life expectancy. https://www.kvpr.org/post/mary-bassett-how-does-racism-affect-your-health#stream/0)

Day 3: Watch “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man-episode 1” https://uncomfortableconvos.com/episode/episode-1 (additional item: Understanding Our New Racial Reality Starts with the Unconscious.  Egalitarian goals can be undermined by deeply rooted implicit biases, says John A. Powell.  To address racial discrimination, we need to look inward.  https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/understanding_our_new_racial_reality_starts_with_the_unconscious)

Day 4: Watch the Plight of Black Man Poem.
https://warpwire.duke.edu/w/k3AEAA/ (additional item: White Anti-Racism: Living the Legacy from Teaching Tolerance.  What does “white anti-racist” means? How can guilt get in the way? And what’s all this talk about being “colorblind”? Teaching Tolerance asked community activists to share their thoughts on these questions, and others.  Their answers shine light on the concepts of comfort, power, privilege and identity.  https://www.tolerance.org/professional-development/white-antiracism-living-the-legacy)

Day 5: Explore the racial justice section of the “Equal Justice Initiative” website and watch some of the posted videos. https://eji.org/racial-justice/

Day 6:  Be inspired by the street artist Banksy and his support of racial justice. https://www.ndtv.com/offbeat/banksy-comes-out-in-support-of-racial-justice-with-latest-artwork-2242421

Day 7:  Listen to the NPR program “Fresh Air”.  Rev. James Cone explains Black Liberation Theology. He describes how God’s concern for the weak and the poor is liberatory for all people – including but not limited to Black Americans. https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=89236116

Day 8: Reflect on Public Action and Contemplation; Dr. Barbara Holmes describes how the relationship between contemplative prayer and social action shaped the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s and invites this relationship between contemplation and action into modern movements for racial justice. https://cac.org/public-action-and-contemplation-2020-06-12/

Day 9:  Choose a resource on the Doctrine of Discovery to read from facingracism.org. https://facing-racism.pcusa.org/item/41901/ (Additional item: What is doctrine of discovery  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOktqY5wY4A)

Day10: Watch the PBS documentary “Unspoken America’s Native American Boarding Schools.” https://www.pbs.org/video/unspoken-americas-native-american-boarding-schools-oobt1r/ (Additional item: watch Jingle Dress, a documentary on Canadian Residential Schools https://jamesbuffin.com/jingle-dress-first-dance)

Day 11:  Read the resolution of the 223rd General Assembly of the PC(USA) on environmental racism.  https://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/environment/environmental-issues/environmental-racism-justice/

Day12:  Read what youth at the 2016 PCUSA Triennium learned about environmental racism. https://www.presbyterianmission.org/eco-journey/2016/07/25/teens-gather-around-environmental-racism/

Day13: Pick a story and read.  https://enslaved.org/ (additional item: paintings by Jacob Lawrence https://youtu.be/cwoauTdLTqc)

Day 14: Read and feel the poems by Langston Hughes.

Day 15: Watch “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man-episode 7”  https://uncomfortableconvos.com/episode/episode-7

Day 16: Be inspired by black gay artist Kelinde Wiley.

Day 17: By reflecting on today’s Adult Ed presentation by Kerm Towler, read the Confession of Belhar.  Reflect on how BHPC is using and living into it. https://www.presbyterianmission.org/resource/belhar-confession/

Day 18: On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, let us remember and honor the sacrifices that Dr. King made for the Soul of America. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vP4iY1TtS3s

Day19: Watch “He Has the Whole World in His Hands” – Spoken word worship video created by the Black Presbyterian United Youth of our presbytery. These are black youth who attend churches in our presbytery who wanted to create a worship video in response to the pandemic.

Day 20: On this day of the Presidential inauguration, let us remind ourselves “the history of “We Shall Overcome” and learn the roots of the song.

Day 21: Visit the Presbyterian Intercultural Network’s website. https://www.pin-pcusa.com Connect with a chapter near you or inquire about creating one.  (Additional Resource-six part study by the PCUSA.  Facing racism: A vision of the Intercultural Community Antiracism Study Guides.