Anti-Racism and You
by Cari Hummel
On June 15th a group from Faith Lutheran and Salem joined together to examine our roles and responsibilities toward Anti-Racism. The Anti-Racism journey is a difficult one in that it can be painful, confusing, and frustrating. Systemic Racism did not happen overnight and thus it cannot be corrected with a quick read of a book or few FaceBook messages.
As a group, we are intentionally looking at and reflecting on how our society has been shaped to support racism. We watched the documentary, 13th, which states, "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction," and then discussed how "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" is not the same for people of color.
Currently, we are reading White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. This book examines why it is difficult for white people to discuss and recognize racism. Even through Zoom meetings we are able to break into small groups that allow for more opportunities to reflect and question the concepts around racism.
If you are interested in engaging in this work, a new group is waiting to be started. Please contact Pastor Micah or Cari Hummel to express your interest.