Resources

Amber again!

I have been asked to share other resources I’ve been exposed to since I started work. Hold on! You’re about to have your world turned upside down!

First, if you have not done so already, I HIGHLY encourage you to watch the Chocolate City documentary I linked you to in the last post. It is an extremely informative video the gives insight into “progress” in the DC area, and how that “progress” displaces economically challenged families that have lived here for generations. Here’s the link again if you missed it last time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1NkfATQvj4

Books:

Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman. It isn’t an easy read, I have to say. But if you can power through and stick with it, there are some excellent points made in this book. http://www.amazon.com/Jesus-Disinherited-Howard-Thurman/dp/0807010294

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. I’ve only read and excerpt at this point, which we got at training in New York. I used the excerpt to help me prepare for the presentation I gave at church, Social Justice and Our Communityhttp://newjimcrow.com/

Articles:

This Limits of Charity by David Hilfiker. I used this one a great deal in preparing for Social Justice and Our Community, also. http://umc-gbcs.org/content/general/Limits_of_Charity.pdf

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh. This one will force you to get very honest with yourself in terms of power and privilege as a racial construct. http://amptoons.com/blog/files/mcintosh.html

To Hell with Good Intentions by Ivan Illich. This was a speech given to volunteers in Mexico in 1968. Many of his points are a biting reality that are still relevant, if not more so, today. http://www.swaraj.org/illich_hell.htm

Racial Microagressions in Everyday Life. While written through the lens of application for clinical psychologists, this article asks us to look closer at our actions when interacting with other races and how damaging those interactions can be. http://www.consumerstar.org/resources/pdf/racialmicroaggressions.pdf

Videos:

Story of Stuff. This video discusses consumerism and it’s interactions with society and the world, including where all our “stuff” comes from, who makes it and where it goes. http://storyofstuff.org/movies/story-of-stuff/

Tony Porter: A Call to Men. This is a TED Talk about men being confined by and needing to step out of the “man box,” or behaviors which have come to define what a man should be. http://www.ted.com/talks/tony_porter_a_call_to_men?language=en

Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream. This documentary from PBS investigates and reports on the disparity in wealth between the richest and poorest Americans, and how politics is involved. http://video.pbs.org/video/2296684923/

My next post will be about the impact of short-term mission trips, and I’ll be sure to link to a supporting article when the time comes. Stay tuned!

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