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Anti-Racism Work

The police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Tony McDade, and the lynching of Ahmaud Arbery are only some examples of the deep systemic and institutional racism that has pervaded the police forces and legal system of this country for hundreds of years.

Their murders caused some of us to see the breadth and depth of this legacy for the first time. Some of us believed we understood it but were asked to reckon with the ways we have been complicit in and complacent about white supremacy despite our best intentions.

This reckoning means understanding that the police brutality, anti-Black racism, and white supremacy we’re seeing amplified on a national scale through public outcry often goes unremarked upon in our own community. Educating ourselves about systemic racism and police misconduct in Newton is an important first step to doing right by this community where we reside and worship, but that does not on its own lead to systemic change. Concrete action and accountability are required before our social realities can start to match up with our ideals and values.

At Eliot Church, we are committed to ongoing education and action so that we can be part of the solution. Below you will find curated resources to help you on your own journey to becoming an anti-racist:

Video Resources

Systemic racism affects every area of life in the US. From incarceration rates to predatory loans, and trying to solve these problems requires changes in major parts of our system. Here’s a closer look at what systemic racism is, and how we can solve it.

Those who have read Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy – or watched the movie of the same name – will gain deeper understanding of the Equal Justice Initiative and Bryan’s work in bringing to life the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Alabama.

African American History: From Emancipation to the Present

Are you interested in an historical perspective on racism in America? The purpose of this free, prerecorded class from Yale is to examine the African American experience in the United States from 1863 to the present (2010).

Sum of Us Book Discussion

In this 9-episode series, Eliot Church’s own Rev. Rick Chrisman and Dr. Elizabeth Windsor discuss Heather McGhee’s book, The Sum of Us.

Recommended Readings

Anti-Racist Literature Starter Kit

Anti-Racist Literature Intermediate Kit

Anti-Racist Literature Topical Reading

Anti-Racist Biographies, Non-Fiction, Personal Narratives

Anti-Racist Literature for Children

For a comprehensive reading list of anti-racist literature for children, we invite you to check out the amazing resource created by author and Christian educator Sharon Ely Pearson.

You can download her list by clicking the button below:

Download Anti-Racist Reading List for Children