This is the third podcast/blog post in our series on racism. Pastor Sheena Cameron and China Williams join Tim Beck and Kaye talk about their experiences as African American females. We talk about white privilege, kneeling during the national anthem and how we, as white Christians, can show our support and compassion.
Some interesting notes to go along with this podcast:
- China mentions when talking about kneeling during the National Anthem, other verses that we no long sing for obvious reasons. You can find those verses here
- Pastor Sheena talks about how Colin Kaepernick, who was raised by white adoptive parents. More information about his family can be found here.
- Pastor Sheena discusses the meaning of taking a knee. Here is some more info. on what it means in the military. Here is an article about the psychology of “taking a knee.” Colin’s idea to take a knee originated from retired Army Green Beret, Nate Boyer. You can find his interview on NPR here.
- Dr. Martin Luther King quote about riots can be found in it’s context here.
What can we do to support? Make donations, write letters, have conversations and listen. Don’t stress out your black friend right now! Watch what you say around your dinner table. What are you doing to better educate yourself and the young people in your life? What things are you learning? Please share with us!
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What do the facts say? This podcast addresses the facts that are shown through the history of our country. We (white, black and mixed race) walk through the information openly and honestly, sharing our experiences and thoughts learning from one another.
Some questions to ask ourselves and others we lead.
- What do you know about the history of racism in our country?
- What are some examples of racism you have witnessed or experienced?
- Can you explain or have you encountered systemic racism?
- How do you feel about the inequality of housing for non-white folks?
- What does Black Lives Matter mean to you? To others?
Other questions to guide conversation:
- Who have you talked to/shared this information with?
- How have you steeped out of your “comfort zone” to hear from/learn from the affected demographic?
- What have you read or learned to increase your knowledge of the subject? What does the Bible say?
- How have you invested (time and money) in addressing this issue/topic?
- Have your identified policy (in the UMC and in government) that needs to change and considered the impact and history?
- What do you need to repent of?
Nationalization Act of 1790
Timeline of the Civil Rights Movement
Civil Rights Act of 1964
13th (film) on Netflix
National Museum of African American History and Culture
National Civil Rights Museum
For more information on the history racism or any other multi-culture questions, contact Will Jones, Director of Multicultural Vitality
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