“White Fragility” Book Discussion

Fri Nov 16, 5:30-8:30 pm in our Sanctuary. This book explores how – and why—  progressive white folk inadvertently contribute to the persistent power of racism to oppress people of color and delude well-meaning whites about what is going on in inter-racial relationships. Check it out from our library or order your own from Beacon Hill! All copies are currently checked out so you may wish to order it from Vermont Book Shop or Beacon Press Rev. Barnaby and Joanna Colwell and Kathy Comstock of Middlebury SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) will host it. Pizza provided.

Update on Friday’s White Fragility workshop in the Sanctuary: Doors for light dinner open at 5:30 pm — pizza plus whatever anyone wants to bring to share. Interactive workshop from 6-8 pm. You can still get copies of the book at the Vermont Book Shop. You can also watch an excellent and engaging video highlighting its message that features the author Robin DiAngelo at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=45ey4jgoxeU.

Other Middlebury area faith communities are examining white privilege. Congregational Church of Middlebury welcomes all to two Sunday Community Conversations with Debby Irving, author of Waking Up White (http://www.debbyirving.com/): I’m a Good Person. Isn’t that Enough? Dec 2, 1-3 pm and Leveling the Playing Field: Interrupting Patterns of Privilege (or how to explain white privilege to skeptics), Jan 27, 3-5.

Sorry to Bother You film, Wed Nov 14, 4 pm and 7 pm, Middlebury Marquis, Middlebury Showing Up for Racial Justice will start its second annual 2018-2019 film    series with Sorry to Bother You, a film by Boots Riley. As always, the suggested donation cost is $10, but none will be turned away at the door for lack of funds.  A percentage of the film proceeds will go to pay doula fees for a pregnant Black activist in Boston, to raise awareness in the disparities of the childbirth outcomes between white and Black women in the United States. Please join us for our first movie of the year…  it     promises to be a wonderful kick off to an eye-opening year of films!

CVUUS Black Lives Matter Recommended Readings and Links

1) Read The Sugarcoated Language of White Fragility (http://huffpost.com/us/entry/10909350) and Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, the UUA Common Read in 2015-2016. From the New York Times Book Review: “Just Mercy will make you upset and it will make you hopeful.”

2) Watch 13th documentary (online) about racism in the criminal justice system since the passage of the 13th Amendment to Constitution outlawing slavery at the end of the Civil War.

3) See I Am Not Your Negro (written by James Baldwin). BLM Ally Group and SURJ arranged sold out showings at Middlebury’s Marquis Theater.

4) Read The New Jim Crow. A stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status—denied the very rights won in Civil Rights Movement.

5) Read The Third Reconstruction (on the recommended reading list for 2017 UUA General Assembly).

6) Read about bias in sentencing  http://projects.heraldtribune.com/bias/sentencing

7) Listen to Tabitha Pohl-Moore’s Social Justice Is Spiritual Justice sermon from our Oct 7 worship at cvuus.org/worship/past worship services.