What Can I Do?
As follow-up to the Racial Justice Panel Discussions (Racial Justice I and Racial Justice II), sponsored by the Life and Justice Ministry of St. Charles Borromeo Parish, here are two suggestions for ways that St. Charles parishioners (and others) might DO something to promote Racial Justice.
JOIN A ZOOM DISCUSSION GROUP - to continue the conversation, share stories, and learn more about Catholic Social Justice as it relates to racial justice.
Send your contact information, as well as best availability for a Zoom discussion (morning, afternoon, evening – weekdays or weekends) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once this information is collected, options for the meetings will then be made available.
READ, VIEW, REFLECT on some or all of the following resources.
Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love, United States Catholic Bishops' Pastoral Letter Against Racism - 11.25.18
Brothers and Sisters to Us, Earlier U.S. Catholic Bishops' Pastoral Letter on Racism (Selected quotes) - 1979
Archbishop Lori: How church teaching can help explain why ‘Black Lives Matter'
MOVIES AND YOUTUBE VIDEOS
13th - A stirring and informative documentary on the disturbing systematic criminalization of black people in the United States, from the periods of slavery to civil rights .... Available on NETFLIX.
JUST MERCY - A powerful and thought-provoking true story, “Just Mercy” follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. Available on AMAZON.
RACE, The Power of an Illusion - The three-part documentary series asks a question so basic it’s rarely raised: What is this thing called ‘race’?
Law and Racial Justice - Panel Discussion (approximately 60 minutes -Start at 5.36 min) University of Pittsburg Center for Racial and Social Problems
How the church can combat racism and white privilege | Behind the Story – Discussion with Fr. Bryan Massingale. S.J. – (25 minutes) America Media
A Conversation with Vanessa Williams with Fr. Matt Malone, S.J. (30 minutes) - America Media
George Floyd, Minneapolis Protests, Ahmaud Arbery & Amy Cooper (18 minutes) The Daily Social Distancing Show with Treavor Noah
Racism in Our Streets and Structures Panel Discussion: A Test of Faith, A Crisis for our Nation with Archbishop Gregory, Gloria Purvis, Ralph McCloud, and Prof. Marcia – (75 minutes) Georgetown University
Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin DiAngelo – 20 minute video
Know Justice, Know Peace: A Jesuit Antiracism Retreat, The Jesuit Post - “Know Justice, Know Peace” is a four-week retreat hosted by The Jesuit Post that seeks to assist Christians in their growth as antiracist followers of Jesus. It will consist of twelve short talks published in the form of videos and podcasts on TJP’s media platforms. We hope these talks will be accompanied by inner self-reflection and prayer by those who wish to follow along. The following are just some of the 12 videos. The rest of the videos may be found here.
Talk 2 - "Mundane Racism" | Know Justice, Know Peace: (9 minutes)
Talk 3 - "Racism as Man-Made Evil" | Know Justice, Know Peace: (10 minutes)
What are structural, institutional and systemic racism? (3 minutes) - ABC 7 - Bay Area
Pope Francis prays for U.S., calls racism a pro-life issue, Catholic Star Herald
‘How long, O Lord’? Psalm 13 is the cry of Black Americans, America Magazine
White People, Let’s do our homework, National Catholic Reporter
El Paso's Bishop Mark Seitz: Black lives matter, National Catholic Reporter
'Am I racist?' You may not like the answer, CNN.com
An Open Letter to My Fellow White Americans, Matt Malone, S.J., America Magazine
Black in America: I am tired, National Catholic Reporter
If you don’t believe systemic racism is real, explain these statistics - Washington Post
7 Ways We Know Systemic Racism Is Real - Ben & Jerry Website
The Gift of Blackness to the Church: An Interview with EWTN’s Gloria Purvis, Church Life Journal, Notre Dame University
‘Racism Is Not Thing of The Past’ – US Bishops Respond To George Floyd Killing - Catholic News Agency
Bishops 'sickened' by Floyd's death, say racism 'real and present danger'- Catholic News Service,
Racial Justice and the Catholic Church, Bryan Massingale, S.J.
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria: And Other Conversations About Race
by Beverly Daniel Tatum