Racial Justice

Racial Justice Task Force

The Racial Justice Task Force is a group of church members committed to anti-racism work in our community.

The RJTF was commissioned to listen to and strengthen congregational relationships and partnerships with BIPOC leaders, congregations, and organizations; to advocate for anti-racist policies and practices; to invite and encourage the congregation into deeper learning and reparative practices of worship and daily living, and to lead our congregation in taking tangible action steps on behalf of racial justice and equity.

Rev. Dr. Nancy Ramsay and Martha Sloan are the co-chairs.

Learn More

Contact David Germer at dgermer@fpcasheville.org with questions or to learn more.

Resources
  • https://www.eddiemoorejr.com/21daychallenge
  • What are the last five books you read? What is the racial mix of the authors
  • What is the racial mix of the main characters in your favorite TV shows? Movies?
  • What percentage of the day are you able to be with people of your own racial identity?
  • Who is filling what kinds of jobs/social roles in your world? (e.g. Who’s the store manager and who’s stocking the shelves? Who’s waiting on tables and who’s busing the food?) Can you correlate any of this to racial identity
  • If you’re traveling by car, train, or air, do you notice housing patterns? How is housing arranged? Who lives near the downtown commerce area and who does not? Who lives near the waterfront and who does not? Who lives in industrial areas and who does not? What is the density of a given neighborhood? Can you correlate any of this to racial identity?
Books to Read
  • White Fragility Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism By Robin Diangelo

    Diangelo brings language to the emotional structures that make true discussions about racial attitudes difficult.

  • White Too Long By Robert P. Jones

    Jones explains the legacy of white supremacy in American Christianity.

  • Caste The Origins of Our Discontents By Isabel Wilkerson

    Wilkerson gives an immersive account, with stories about real people, of how America through history has been shaped by a rigid caste system…a hierarchy of human rankings.

  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson 
    “An unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.” Quote from Amazon

  • Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi 
    “The National Book Award-winning history of how racist ideas were created, spread, and deeply rooted in American society.” Quote from Amazon

  • Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You: A Remix of Stamped from the Beginning, by Ibram X.
    Kendi and Jason Reynolds  This reimagining of Kendi’s Stamped from the Beginning reveals the history of racist ideas in America and inspires hope for an anti-racist future. Shorter and easier to grasp than Kendi’s original book.

  • The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby 
    An “enlightening and compelling” history, the book is “equal parts painful and inspirational.”  It details “how the American church has helped create and maintain racist ideas and practices.”  It guides readers “ in thinking through concrete solutions for improved race relations and a racially inclusive church.”  Quotes from Amazon.

  • The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
    The author “gathers meticulous research showing how government at all levels long employed racially discriminatory policies to deny blacks the opportunity to live in neighborhoods with jobs, good schools, and upward mobility.” Quote from the Washington Post

  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander
    This 2010 book is aimed at the specific audience of “people who care deeply about racial justice but who…do not yet appreciate the magnitude of the crisis faced by communities of color as a result of mass incarceration,” according to the author in a new preface to her book.

  • The Sum of Us: What White Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee 
    McGhee offers “a powerful exploration of inequality and the lesson that generations of Americans have failed to learn: Racism has a cost for everyone—not just for people of color.” Quote from the New York Times.

Videos to Watch
  • This Divided Land – YouTube
    This video from Habitat for Humanity – Asheville is an eye-opener and gives some history of racial inequality and housing.
Racial Justice Bookclub This is the Fire by Don Lemon

Racial Justice Bookclub This is the Fire by Don Lemon

  Saturday, October 15th, 10:00 am This is the Fire by Don Lemon This month's book is by the host of CNN Tonight with Don Lemon. As America’s only Black prime-time anchor, Lemon and his daily monologues on racism and antiracism, on the failures of so many of our...

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