Grant for Anti-Racism Training

The Anti-Racism Anti-Oppression Multi-Cultural (ARAOMC) Committee still has funds from the Kalamazoo Community Foundation grant to send People’s people to a 2 1/2 day “Understanding and Analyzing Systemic Racism” workshop. The dates are September 24-26 and December 3-5. All workshops are held from Thurs. 6-9:30pm, Fri. 8:30am-6pm, & Sat. 8:30am-5pm. Full participation is important as each part builds on the previous ones. Lunch and snacks are provided. Please contact Nadine Godin-Nassaney at or 269-491-1118 if you are interested in attending.


Library Books about Racism

The ARAOMC Committee is purchasing three books to contribute to the church library. Here is some information about each of them and the authors:


Privilege, Power and Difference by Allan G. Johnson

This brief book is a groundbreaking tool to examine systems of privilege and difference in our society. Johnson links theory with engaging examples in ways that enable readers to see the underlying nature and consequences of privilege and their connection to it. This book has been used to shed light on issues of power and privilege. Allan Johnson has worked on issues of social inequality since receiving his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan in 1972.


Overcoming Our Racism: The Journey to Liberation by Derald Wing Sue

This book by Derald Wing Sue, a highly-regarded academic and author, helps readers understand and combat racism in themselves. It defines racism not only as extreme acts of hatred, but as “any attitude, action or institutional structure or social policy that subordinates a person or group because of their color.” This landmark work offers an antidote to this pervasive social problem. It 1) shows how each of us has a role in the oppression of others, and what we can do about it, and 2) offers a way to overcome racism on a very intimate level.


Waking up White by Debby Irving

For twenty-five years, Debby Irving sensed inexplicable racial tensions in her personal and professional relationships. As a colleague and neighbor, she worried about offending people she dearly wanted to befriend. As an arts administrator, she didn’t understand why her diversity efforts lacked traction. As a teacher, she found her best efforts to reach out to students and families of color left her wondering what she was missing. Then, in 2009, one “aha!” moment launched an adventure of discovery and insight that drastically shifted her worldview and upended her life plan. In Waking Up White, Irving tells her often cringe-worthy story with such openness that readers will turn every page rooting for her—and ultimately for all of us.


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