Our nation has struggled with racism for centuries, and despite the efforts of the Civil Rights Movement it is clear from the events of the last year that racism continues to be America’s original sin. It’s not a matter of “not being a racist.” In order to eradicate racism we must be engaged in promoting antiracism.
“Antiracism is a transformative concept that reorients and reenergizes the conversation about racism – and, even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. At its core, racism is a powerful system that creates false hierarchies of human value; its warped logic extends beyond race, from the way we regard people of different ethnicities or skin colors to the way we treat people of different sexes, gender identities, and body types. Racism intersects with class and culture and geography and even changes the way we see ourselves. In How to Be an Antiracist, Kendi takes readers through a widening circle of antiracist ideas – from the most basic concepts to visionary possibilities – that will help readers see all forms of racism clearly, understand their poisonous consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves.” – How to Be an Antiracist book jacket.
Beginning Wednesday, May 5 from 7:00-8:30, Pastor Wayne Zschech will lead book study participants in a six-week discussion of Kendi’s book and how racism impacts our lives and how we can respond with antiracist actions and support of antiracist legislation. After reading this book Pastor Wayne has shared it changed his way of understanding this volatile issue in our time and country and hopes participants will come with both an open mind and heart to the weekly discussions, holding open the possibility that they too might be transformed.
Hard copies of the book are available at the church for $22 (make checks payable to “LCOS” with “Kendi book” in the MEMO section). The weekly reading topics and chapters are below. Please join us with an open mind and heart as we discuss and discover how as Christ’s disciples we might strive for justice and peace among all people, regardless of their skin color.
|DATE||TOPIC||CHAPTERS TO READ|
|May 5||Intro/Definitions/Dueling Consciousness/Power||Intro – Chapter 3|
|May 12||Biology/Ethnicity/Body||Chapters 4-6|
|May 19||NO DISCUSSION||CONFLICT WITH PASTOR’S SCHEDULE|
|May 26||Culture/Behavior/Color||Chapters 7-9|
|June 2||White/Black/Class||Chapters 10-12|
|June 9||Space/Gender/Sexuality||Chapters 13-15|
|June 16||Failure/Success/Survival||Chapters 16-18|
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