Wednesday, Dec. 12, The Hate U Give, 4 and 7 pm at Marquis. Next in the Seeing Color/Seeking Justice Racial identities/Justice movie series hosted by Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ). Based on New York Times bestseller by Angie Thomas, the film switches between two worlds (the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where she lives and the rich, mostly white, prep school she attends). The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when the main character, Starr, witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Suggested donation is $10. Stay for discussion before and after.
Several 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.
CVUUS reflected on White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo on Fri Nov 16 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. All copies are currently checked out so you may wish to order it from Vermont Book Shop or Beacon Press 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.
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.