November celebrates Native American Heritage Month. With the rich and diverse cultures, traditions and histories of Native people, this month acknowledges the contributions that continue to be made by Native peoples. It is also an opportunity to educate ourselves on the oppression of native tribes and the systematic plundering of their lands and culture since the first settlers arrived on the continent. Please consult the resources for more information:
Story or Article
If we don't recognize the system, our inaction will uphold it.
The question is not whether I have been shaped by and participate in the forces of racism, it's how I've been shaped by them.
Structures of racism and privilege continue to put a serious toll on the African American community’s health — and contribute to the fact that black Americans are still dying younger than white Americans...
Great article on racism in public education system. “…add it all up and it’s a little weird that we progressives spend so much time talking about fixing brown people as opposed to the public institutions we’ve created for them and still control.”
How self-segregation and concentrated affluence became normal in America
Last year, a pair of researchers from Duke University published a report with a bold title: "The End of the Segregated Century." U.S. cities, the authors concluded, were less segregated in 2012 than they had been at any point since 1910. But less segregated does not necessarily mean integrated–something this incredible map makes clear in vivd color.
“…white resentment simply found a new target for its ire is no coincidence; white identity is often defined by its sense of being ever under attack, with the system stacked against it. That’s why Mr. Trump’s policies are not aimed at ameliorating white resentment, but deepening it.”
Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.
Short personal reflection on the specific privileges afforded to whites through the GI Bill and Homestead Act. Great read.
My father had a legacy that he couldn't see, a legacy he only got because he is white.
"A Time of Grace" is the story of [Sacred Heart and Our Lady’s Collaborative]’s resettlement of a refugee family, the Komi family. This twenty page booklet is now available on the collaborative website at http://sholnewton.org/refugees. Printed copies are also available at the parish offices.