Last weekend marked the year-anniversary of the white supremacist Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. We in the Inland Northwest share a history of challenges from white supremacist groups and ideologies. In the past decade alone, we might remember the 2011 attempted bombing of the Martin Luther King Day parade or the racist flyers that have been repeatedly posted around town. While we are time zones away from Charlottesville, curated resources in response to those events can shed light on race relations in the United States today and help us to respond as people of faith. Learning is key to reconciliation – in order to repent and make amends, we must understand what was done and how it continues to shape our lives today. In that spirit, here are three resources that you might explore in the coming month.
- Congregate Charlottesville, the website for an interfaith organization committed to “faith-rooted action and justice oriented education. Congregate Charlottesville equips and prepares people of faith to bear public witness to (in)justice and educates faith communities on issues of justice and liberation.” The Christian resources include liturgy, prayers, and “resources for repair” in the spirit of repentance for complicity in white supremacy, among other goals.
- JSTOR’s Charlottesville Syllabus, subtitled “Readings on the History of Hate in America”
- The Charlottesville Syllabus, a collection of links put together by UVA Graduate Students Coalition for Liberation designed “to educate readers about the long history of white supremacy in Charlottesville, Virginia”