Racial Justice Resources

A Statement From Left Hand Church

 

Left Hand Church stands in solidarity with those who have lost loved ones, with those who are seeking justice, and with those who are advocating for drastic and overdue change.

As Christians, it is our obligation to actively engage, address, disrupt, and dismantle structures and systems that perpetuate racism – the structures and systems upon which our country was built that are a by-product of the enslavement and dehumanization of Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC). The Truth of Jesus Christ, who came into this world in a non-white body, has no room for racism, no tolerance for bigotry, and no place for hatred.  

God as revealed in our holy text, in both the Jewish scriptures and New Testament, disrupted established institutions for the sake of justice. Our starting point in the story of God is that all humans were created in love and for love. There is no hierarchy of value for a human life. When dehumanization occurs, especially in the form of violence, we must turn again to Christ, who taught us that what we do to the most vulnerable, we have also done unto him.

It is our commitment to move from complacency to action, recognizing that It is not enough to merely oppose racism; we must be actively anti-racist in both word and deed. We will insist on fairness for all people and remain loyal to those who have no voice. We will oppose authority when those in charge abuse their power and we will hold sacred the bodies of Black and brown people. We will ask for guidance from the Spirit as we critically examine ourselves, our institutions, our beliefs, and our practices which retain and perpetuate expressions of violence against non-white bodies.

We stand with the One who came and suffered in solidarity with the oppressed and marginalized and gave us the most important of all the commands: Love God, love our neighbors, and love ourselves.


Self Education Resources

Articles

Why White Privilege Isn’t Going Away: A Theological Reflection
by Mark Boswell

Can Racially Diverse Churches Exist?
by Cole Brown

When The Parents are White, The Child is Black, and The Churches are Segregated
by Leah Donnella

Colorblind Doesn’t Cut It. Be Brave and Talk to Your Kids About Race
by Patricia Murphy & Katherine Banwell

Developing an Awareness of White Privilege
by Diane S. Schmitz

What I Said When My White Friend Asked for My Black Opinion on White Privilege
by Lori Lakin Hutcherson

70+ Race Resources for White People
by Leslie Verner

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
by Peggy McIntosh

White People, Read This Before You Text Your Black Friends
by Tomi Obaro

Videos/Movies/Documentaries

We Need to Talk About An Injustice: TED Talk by Bryan Stevenson
Available here.

13th: From Slave to Criminal With One Amendment
Available on Netflix

Just Mercy
Available on Amazon Prime and YouTube

12 years a Slave
Available on Netflix

Dark Girls
Available on Netflix

Dispatches from Cleveland
Available on Amazon Prime

Freedom Riders
Available on Amazon Prime

LA92
Available on Netflix, Amazon Prime

Let it Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992
Available on Netflix

Peggy McIntosh
Available on Amazon Prime

Selma
Available on Netlflix

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
Available on Amazon Prime

The Central Park Five
Available on Amazon Prime

The Death and Life of  Martha P Johnson
Available on Netflix

The Force
Available on Netflix and Amazon Prime

The Hate U Give
Available on Hulu and Amazon Prime

True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality
Available on HBO Go

When They See Us
Available on Netflix

Whose Streets?
Available on Hulu and Amazon Prime

Breaking Racial Barriers: ARC Conference by Miles McPherson
Available here.

Books

Dream With Me: Race, Love, and the Struggle We Must Win
by John Perkins

We Need To Talk: Conversations That Matter
by Celeste Headlee

Love Undocumented: Risking Trust in a Fearful World
by Sarah Quezada

White Awake
by Daniel Hill

I’m Still Here
by Austin Channing Brown

Divided by Faith
by Michael O. Emerson

The Very Good Gospel
by Lisa Sharon Harper

The Myth of Equality
by Ken Wystma

One: Unity in a Divided World
by Deidra Riggs

Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Homegoing
by Yaa Gyasi

How to be an Antiracist
by Ibram X. Kendi

Check your Privilege
by Myisha Hill

Courageous Conversations About Race: A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools
by Glenn Singleton

Me and White Supremacy
by Layla Saad

So you Want to Talk About Race
by Ijeoma Oluo

The New Jim Crow
by Michelle Alexander

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria
by Beverly Daniel Tatum

What Does it Mean to Be White
by Robin DiAngelo

White Fragility
by Robin DiAngelo

Resources for Educating Children

31 Children’s books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance

Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners: books for children and young adults

Fare of the Free Child podcast

How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion | Peggy McIntosh at TEDxTimberlaneSchools (18:26)

Integrated Schools podcast episode “Raising White Kids with Jennifer Harvey”

Parenting Forward podcast episode ‘Five Pandemic Parenting Lessons with Cindy Wang Brandt’

The Conscious Kid

Podcasts

Uncivil by Gimlet Media

More Perfect by RadioLab

Bias: A Black & White Conversation Between Friends by Smartest Person in the Room

http://www.smartestpersonintheroom.com/bias1/

We Shall Overcome by Arc Stories

1619

About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge

Co-Conspired Conversations 

Code Switch

Seeing White

That’s Not How That Works

Organizations to Support

Array Now

Black Health Alliance

Black Visions Collective

Campaign Zero

Color of Change

Dignity and Power Now

Emergency Release Fund

Homeless Black Trans Women Fund

NAACP

National Museum of African American History & Culture

Reclaim the Block

Snap4 Freedom

The ACLU

The Okra Project

Trans Women of Color Survival Fund

We the Protesters

Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)


Connect & Discuss

Left Hand Anti Racism Group

This space is for learning, reflecting, and seeking further knowledge about racism. It’s a brave place to process thoughts and feelings about race and the systems that oppress Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). The only requirements for this group are that you take an anti-racist stance in learning about race/privilege and are willing to face your discomfort, uncertainty, and self-reflection in the process. We’re all in this together!

Current Book Study

How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Our Anti Racism Group is currently engaged in a focused six-part book study, meeting via Zoom on 2nd and 4th Thursdays, September through November, reading How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. For more information, please email julielefthand@gmail.com.

Join us Thursdays at 6pm at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84046646293


Take Individual Action

  1. 103 Things White People Can Do For Racial Justice
  2. Participate In The ACLU Colorado Chapter’s Advocacy From Home Program
    The ACLU of Colorado is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to fulfilling the promise of equal justice under the law for all Coloradans. They advocate for members of disenfranchised communities, including people of color, LGBTQ+ persons, women, immigrants, low-income people, homeless, prisoners, students and the elderly. 
  3. Support Black-owned Businesses In Boulder County

Take Action With Left Hand

Black Lives Matter 5280 Chapter’s Freedom School

Left Hand Church is a proud community partner to the Black Lives Matter 5280 Chapter (Denver Area), specifically supporting their Freedom School program.

Freedom School is an out-of-school program in Denver Metro that teaches children to become racially literate, advocate for themselves and others, and critically challenge white supremacy.

Upcoming Partnership Activities:

Our church community will organize a December 2020 holiday drive for the supplies the Freedom School needs for the activities their students do during their new monthly Saturday school-year program. If you are interesting in helping to organize this holiday drive, please email nicole@lefthandchurch.org.