10 Books about Anti-Black Racism that Every Church Library Should Have

Reading Time: 5 minutes This is not a comprehensive or exhaustive list. Primary Reading: The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism by Jemar Tisby For me, this is one of the most important books on race and the church that I have ever read. Tisby provides a searing and critical historical survey of how the (Evangelical) church has perpetuated racism. I appreciated…

What Racial Descriptor Do I Use?

Reading Time: 2 minutes What racial descriptors do you use in order to be inclusive? If you are anything like me, then you know that sometimes knowing what to say is tricky, especially if you want to make sure that you get things right. Where are my Type A’s at? Here’s what I’ve learned: as someone that has been doing intentional racial justice work for the past seven…

The Canary Dies At the End

Reading Time: 2 minutes At the turn of the twentieth century, coal miners would use canaries in order to detect carbon monoxide and other toxic gases to humans. Miners would sometimes refer to the birds as pets, but the birds were always there as a protectant. If the bird became ill or died, the miners knew to evacuate. And, according to the Smithsonian, “[a]lthough ending the use of…