Who We Are

"Our world is not divided by race,

Color, gender, or religion.

Our world is divided into

Wise people and fools.

And fools divide themselves by

Race, color, gender or religion."

- Nelson Mandela

When First Plymouth voted to declare itself a Racial Equity Congregation in 2019, there was no way to predict that 2020 would present the double challenge of COVID-19 and the full exposure of systemic racism at the same time. We view this as an opportunity to increase our efforts for action toward the goal of true equity among all peoples.

In the words of Ibram X. Kendi, this translates to outcome advocacy.

What if, instead of a feelings advocacy, we had an outcome advocacy that put equitable outcomes before our guilt and anguish?  What if we focused our human and fiscal resources on changing power and policy to actually make society, not just our feelings, better?”

How You Can Participate

In October 2020, the Racial Equity Team hosted two Adult Forums on the subject of racial justice:  “Difficult Conversations About Racial Justice” and “Reparations.”  You can watch those here.  You can find additional resources about Reparations here.

For more information about the Racial Equity Team, please contact Deborah Arca at RET@firstplymouthchurch.org.

Resources

TO READ

  • America's Original Sin, Jim Wallis
  • Anxious to Talk about It: Helping White Christians Talk Faithfully about Race, Carolyn B. Helsel

  • Autobiography of Malcolm X, Malcolm X and Alex Haley
  • Beloved, Toni Morrison
  • Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Borderlands, by Gloria Anzaldúa
  • Can We Talk About Race?, Beverly Tatum
  • Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent by Isabel Wilkerson
  • Citizen, Claudia Rankine
  • Coming Together in the 21st Century, Curtiss DeYoung
  • Dismantling Racism, Joseph Barnett
  • How to Be an Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi
  • I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, Austin Channing Brown
  • Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson
  • Race Matters, Cornel West
  • Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
  • Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God, Kelly Brown Douglas
  • The Cross and the Lynching Tree, James Cone
  • The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin
  • The Loving Story, Nancy Buirski
  • The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander
  • The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson
  • White Fragility, Robin DiAngelo
  • White Rage, Carol Anderson
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
  • Dreams from my Father by Barack Obama
  • AGES 0-3:
    • The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
    • Sulwe by Lupita Nyong'o
    • Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi

 

  • AGES 3-5:
    • Saturday by Oge Mora
    • Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry
    • I Am Enough by Grace Byers

 

  • AGES 5-8:
    • Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson
    • The Youngest Marcher by Cynthia Levinson
    • Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
    • The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

 

  • AGES 9-12:
    • Resist: 35 Profiles of Ordinary People Who Rose Up Against Tyranny and Injustice by Veronica Chambers
    • Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness by Anastasia Higginbotham
    • Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America by Brian Pinkney and Andrea Davis Pinkney
    • The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore

 

  • AGES 12+:
    • All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
    • Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults) by Bryan Stevenson
    • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

 

  • Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements by Charlene A Carruthers
  • No Ashes in the Fire by Darnell L Moore
  • No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies by E. Patrick Johnson
  • Black On Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity by C. Riley Snorton

TO WATCH

  • Do the Right Thing, directed by Spike Lee (Amazon Prime Video)
  • Fruitvale Station, directed by Ryan Coogler (Amazon Prime Video, Netflix)
  • Loving, directed by Jeff Nichols (Amazon Prime Video)
  • Moonlight, directed by Barry Jenkins
  • BlackKklansman, directed by Spike Lee (Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play)
  • Get Out, directed by Jordan Peele
  • If Beale Street Could Talk, directed by Barry Jenkins (Amazon Prime Video)
  • Just Mercy, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton (Youtube, or Amazon Prime Video)
  • Selma, directed by Ava DuVernay (Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, iTunes)
  • The Hate U Give, directed by George Tillman Jr. (Hulu)
  • Dear White People (Netflix)
  • When They See Us (Netflix)
  • Atlanta (on FX or Hulu)
  • Watchmen (HBO)

TO LISTEN TO

TO GET INVOLVED!