Facing Racism Through the Lens of Faith: Talking About Race
As we at Potomac Presbyterian Church work to live out our goal of “Caring for ALL with Faith, Hope, and Love,” many of us have felt called to learn more about the centuries-long struggles of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) Americans. To help our community build our understanding of some of these issues, the Justice and Racial Healing Task Force put together a resource page on our website with answers to some basic questions about the Black Lives Matter movement and a list of movies, articles, videos, and books related to issues of social justice.
A great resource to start with is “Talking About Race,” a website put together by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC) that encourages us to have those difficult, but necessary, conversations about race and racism. The site invites us to reflect on our personal experiences with race, explains why these conversations are so important, and offers tailored guidance for Educators, Parents/Caregivers, and People Committed to Equity. The site also provides additional resources on a range of topics, including Community Building, Whiteness, and Bias. If you’re looking to broaden your understanding of the historical context for the current social movement, check out the site’s comprehensive Historical Foundations Of Race page, and as an added bonus, the NMAAHC (along with other Smithsonian museums) has uploaded its collections to the Internet so you can view them from the comfort and safety of your own home!