Racial Justice Book Group
“It is an unhappy truth that racism is a way of life for the vast majority of white Americans, spoken and unspoken, acknowledged and denied, subtle and sometimes not so subtle—the disease of racism poisons the whole body politic. And I see nothing more urgent than for America to work passionately and unrelentingly—to get rid of the disease of racism.” ~Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Our group provides a safe and respectful place to address racism through the lens of the Gospel, and for discerning action steps in response. We do this primarily by reading a prearranged title on our own and gathering monthly to discuss the book or other media on the topic of racism. Our overarching goals are to confront our white privilege, our racism and implicit bias, and how we benefit from structural racism. We ourselves want to deepen our understanding of our own racism and encourage other parishioners to join us on this journey of discovery and willingness.
We meet in the parish center at 7pm on the second Tuesday of each month except in November, December, July and August. If you cannot join us each month please read along on your own. Everyone is welcome--men and high schoolers are especially invited to join us. Please email racialjusticebookgroup@ with any questions or to RSVP.
Here is a list of our meeting dates along with the books we are reading. ALL ARE WELCOME.
SEPTEMBER: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 7:00PM
This Land is Our Land: An Immigrant´s Manifesto by Suketu Mehta.
OCTOBER: Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 7:00PM
The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives, edited by Viet Thanh Nguyen.
JANUARY: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 7:00PM
We Were Eight Years in Power, An American Tragedy, by Ta’Nehisi Coates. Note: Ta Nehisi Coates is in Seattle speaking at the Seattle Arts and Lecture Series on October 20, 2019 at Benaroya Hall. More information can be found here: https://lectures.org/event/a-conversation-with-ta-nehisi-coates-2/.
FEBRUARY: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 7:00PM (in conjunction with Black History Month)
The Souls of Black Folk, by W.E.B. Du Bois.
MARCH: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 7:00PM (in conjunction with International Women´s Day on March 8)
Ain´t I a Woman, by bell hooks.
APRIL: Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 7:00PM
Citizen: An American Lyric, by Claudia Rankin.
MAY and JUNE: Tuesday, May 12, and Tuesday June 9 2020 at 7:00PM
Podcast: Seeing White by Scene on Radio. This is a multi episode podcast that was originally broadcast between February and August 2017. The producers are John Biewen and Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika. This podcast is best listened to over a period of time, as it has 15 episodes. We will use at least 2 meetings to address the episodes, with our May meeting dedicated to the first 5 episodes. This schedule is subject to change, as the subject matter is dense and heavy. We want to honor what we are hearing and learning. Here is the link to the series: https://www.sceneonradio.org/seeing-white/.
For information on any of the books we are reading this year, check out Goodreads.