Responding to Racist Violence

LEARN, PRAY, ACT: Resources for Addressing Racist Violence and Police Brutality (Photo: Anadolu Agency / Getty Images)


A documentary film by Ava DuVerny, examining the U.S. prison system, racial inequality and mass incarceration. 

Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing
The Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing, founded by Dr. Catherine Meeks, provides programs and resources to promote racial reconciliation.

Becoming Beloved Community
A comprehensive vision and growing set of resources for Episcopalians working toward racial healing, reconciliation and justice.

Center for Racial Justice in Education
Resources for Talking about Race, Racism and Racialized Violence with Kids

Risk of being killed by police use of force in the United States by age, race–ethnicity, and sex
Police violence is a leading cause of death for young men in the United States. Over the life course, about 1 in every 1,000 black men can expect to be killed by police.

Episcopal Church Foundation Vital Practices
Special July issue on Racial Justice and Reconciliation

Equal Justice Initiative
EJI works to end mass incarceration, excessive punishment, and racial inequality. Includes the Legacy Museum and a national memorial for victims of lynching and racial terror.

How to be an Anti-racist
Book: Ibram X. Kendi

Just Mercy
This is free on streaming sites for the month of June 2020.

Living into God’s Dream: Dismantling Racism in America
Book: edited by Catherine Meeks

Misinformation, Disinformation, Fake News: Why Do We Care?
From the Office of Government Relations.

Racial Justice & Reconciliation
From the Episcopal News Service.

Resources for Racial Reconciliation and Justice
Members of the Presiding Bishop’s staff have curated this list of resources for racial justice and reconciliation.

Sacred Ground
“Sacred Ground” is a Film-Based Dialogue Series on Race & Faith created by Episcopal Church staff led by film director Katrina Brown. This set of videos and workbooks can be used to facilitate conversations on racism and reconciliation.

Speaking of Freedom
A Letter to the Church from Kelly Brown Douglas, Stephanie Spellers and Winnie Varghese

Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God
Book: Kelly Brown Douglas

TED Talk: How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion
Peggy McIntosh at TEDxTimberlaneSchools

TED Talk: How to Overcome Our Biases? Walk Boldly Towards Them
Vernā Myers at TEDxBeaconStreet

TED Talk: How We’re Priming Some Kids for College and Others for Prison
Alice Goffman at TED2015

TED Talk: Let’s get to the root of racial injustice
Megan Ming Francis at TEDxRainier

TED Talk: The urgency of intersectionality
Kimberlé Crenshaw at TEDWomen

The Church, Policing, and Black Lives
Video: Gayle Fisher-Stewart 

To Serve and Protect: The Police, Race, and the Episcopal Church in the Black Lives Matter Era
Article: Gayle Fisher-Stewart

What Martin Luther King Jr Really Thought About Riots
In 2015 the city of Baltimore was shaken by riots in the wake of peaceful protests over the death of Freddie Gray, observers have had cause to reflect on the relationship between nonviolent and violent demonstration.

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
Book: Robin DiAngelo  

Resolutions of the General Convention and Executive Council
– 2018-A229: Acknowledge Police Violence and Confront Racism
– 2018-B024: Urge Alternatives to Deadly Force by Police and Support Training in Mental Health Crisis Intervention

Responding to Racist Violence