Learning to be anti-racist

George Floyd’s death and the protests and movement following it are changing the world. And changing the world involves changing minds and hearts. In such a challenging time, I find hope in the many Emersonians who are taking a stand and reaching out to learn more. Anti-racism work can be difficult AND it helps to build the better world!

If you’re looking for a starting point, check out these resources from our 5/31 worship service.

For my fellow white people, remember – we are responsible for educating ourselves, not asking people of color all our questions. And if they are generous enough to share, we need to let them set the boundaries for the conversation – this is our time to listen.

You may have seen that the New York Times bestseller list is stacked with anti-racism titles. Many publishers are rushing second

Boxes and stacks of books
Anti-racism Lending Library

printings as their stock has evaporated. And we know that Unitarian Universalists tend to be big readers – anyone else find themselves as #448 in the hold line at the local library?

If you are looking for books, I’m opening my personal library as well as the RE library as a lending resource – drop me a message and I’ll give you a list of titles, then we can arrange a contactless pickup from my home (West Houston) or the church. We’ve got picture books, scholarly books, and fiction. Wherever you are on your journey, you may well find your next learning here!

And please note that Pat Smith is offering a group read for “An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States” – this is an excellent opportunity to look at history not centered in the white European experience. You can read either the “Adult” version or the “Young Adult”, which might be easier for pandemic-tired brains. Check out her intro session July 12th at 10 AM!