June 7, 2020, Statement on Racial Equity
The past few weeks have been a time of reflection for some, awakening for others, and reckoning for many more. As we mourn for the countless unwarranted deaths of African American citizens and grieve for the American ideals that we recognize as unachieved, we also pray–and take action–for a better future for us all.
The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery will not be in vain. Through their stories, we can recommit to learning about and more importantly to changing the systemic racism and injustice that have impacted Black communities in Montgomery County and throughout our country.
As we work toward ending homelessness and food insecurity, we must also promote equity, inclusion, and belonging. Our board and staff recognize the importance of dismantling racism, bias, and discrimination and we are committed to doing more.
The first step in creating change is education, so that we can understand the complexities of privilege and racism, as well as what we can do to create change. Check the list below in the coming days and weeks for links to books and other resources.
The second step is dialogue. We invite you to reach out to share your ideas and concerns as you work with us to address racism within ourselves and our community. We are here for you and our entire community as we make sense of and engage in this difficult time.
• Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You, by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
• White Rage, by Carol Anderson
• How To Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi
• White Fragility: Why Its So Hard for White People To Talk About Racism, by Robin Diangelo
• So You Want To Talk About Race? by Ijeoma Oluo
• How To Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi
• See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love, by Valarie Kaur
• Black Books Matter – Youth Reading List (WVPL) from Wissahickon Public Library
• New York Times – An Antiracist Reading List
• Multicultural and Social Justice Book List for Children, Young Adults, and Educators
• 26 Ways To Be in the Struggle Beyond the Streets
• America Needs All of Us: A Toolkit for Talking About Bias, Race, and Change
• Racial Equity Tools Glossary
• Racial Equity Tools. Racial Equity Tools is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level–in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large.
• Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequality. This film asks America to talk about the causes and consequences of systemic inequity. Designed for dialogue, the film works to disentangle internal beliefs, attitudes, and pre-judgments within, and it builds skills to address the structural drivers of social and economic inequities. Cracking the Codes supports institutions and communities to deepen and shift the framing of racial disparities. The current conversation is not only shallow, but actually harmful. We continue to primarily focus on individuals, when institutional and structural inequities are the bigger problem.
• Immaculate perception: Jerry Kang at TEDxSanDiego 2013. Makers, Artmakers, Peacemakers: Immaculate perception? Do you discriminate? UCLA law professor Jerry Kang exposes the phenomenon of automatic processing and how it relates to explicit and implicit bias. Decades of research shows that attitudes and stereotypes influence how we see and behave. Despite our best efforts, are we all under the sway of “the rightness of whiteness?” And is there evidence showing that these biases can be reduced–at least temporarily? Using humor and audience participation, Kang challenges our assumptions while shifting our perceptions of at least one Asian male.
• Systemic Racism Explained
• Let’s get to the root of racial injustice | Megan Ming Francis | TEDxRainier
• On Being Project – Answering “What can I do? Robin DiAngelo (White Fragility) and Resmaa Menakem (Clinical Therapist and Racialized Trauma Expert): In Conversation
• Aspen Institute – 11 Terms You Should Know to Better Understand Structural Racism
• Generocity – Talking Racial Equity Glossary
• Greater Good Science Center Berkeley – How Challenging Stereotypes Can Save Black Lives
• ACES Connection – The Impact of Racism on African Americans’ Health
• CNN/Sesame Street Racism Town Hall
• National Alliance on Mental Illness Statement on Mental Health Resources for African Americans