Micah 6:8, Educating & Advocating for Racial Justice
Family of Christ Lutheran Church joins with the ELCA in its commitment to confront racism, to engage in public leadership, witness and deliberation on these matters, and to advocate for justice and fairness for all people.
On this page, you will find information on race and equity in our lives. Keep reading to see how you can help promote the peace and justice of God’s kingdom for all of our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Upcoming Opportunities: Book Study on Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson, and May Term class(es).
Through a Padlet, the Micah 6:8 group has compiled a collection of resources in an easy to read format (similar to Pinterest). Check out some of the topics available and be sure to scroll right on the Padlet to see all categories:
Do you know where Race came from?
Just what is going on with white people? Police shootings of unarmed African Americans. Acts of domestic terrorism by white supremacists. The renewed embrace of raw, undisguised white-identity politics. Unending racial inequity in schools, housing, criminal justice, and hiring. Some of this feels new, but in truth it’s an old story.
Why? Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from? What does it mean? What is whiteness for?
Scene on Radio host and Mankato native John Biewen took a deep dive into these questions, along with an array of leading scholars and regular guest Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika, in this fourteen-part documentary series, titled, “Seeing White” released between February and August 2017.
America: Our inherited House
Excerpt from “Caste:The origins of Our Discontents”” by Isabel Wilkerson
“We in this country are like homeowners who inherited a house on a piece of land that is beautiful on the outside but whose soil is unstable loam and rock, heaving and contracting over generations, cracks patched but the deeper ruptures waved away for decades, centuries even. Many people may rightly say: “I had nothing to do with how this all started. I have nothing to do with the sins of the past. My ancestors never attacked Indigenous people, never owned slaves.” And yes. Not one of us was here when this house was built. Our immediate ancestors may have had nothing to do with it, but here we are, the current occupants of a property with stress cracks and bowed walls and fissures in the foundation. We are the heirs to whatever is right or wrong with it. We did not erect the uneven pillars or joists, but they are ours to deal with now.
And any further deterioration is, in fact, on our hands.”