Social Justice Reading Room

Sunday, August 2

At the Society we are engaging a conversation about white privilege and systemic racism, and we do so with courage, curiosity, and compassion for ourselves and for others.  Understanding white privilege is not about being ashamed but rather about being responsible. This space will serve as a curated reading list to enlighten our understanding of white privilege and racism. (Shout out to Molly Illes for resources and support.)

What are you reading that helps you better understand white privilege and systemic racism? Send me an with a title and link; perhaps we’ll include it on the page here.

Look for discussion opportunities throughout the 2015-16 program year.



Pedagogy of the Oppressed – Paulo Friere

Understanding and Dismantling Racism – Joseph Barndt

Dismantling Privilege: An Ethics of Accountability – Mary Elizabeth Hobgood

The Slums of Aspen – Lisa Sun-Hee Park and David Pellow

Learning to Be White: Money, Race, and God in America – Thandeka

Racist America: Roots, Current Realities, and Future Reparations – Joe R. Feagin

Soul Work: Anti-racist Theologies in Dialogue – Marjorie Bowens-Wheatley and Nancy Palmer Jones, eds.

Online resources and blog posts:

I, Racist, by John Metta –

11 Ways White America Avoids Taking Responsibility for its Racism: The pernicious impact of “white fragility” by Dr. Robin Diangelo –

Black Lives Matter Minneapolis –

SURJ-MN – Showing Up for Racial Justice –

Colorlines: News for Action –

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