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Racial Justice and Equity

Resources for Deepening Understanding about Racial Justice and Equity: 

  1. The USCCB website “Combating Racism”  and the pastoral letter “Open Wide Our Hearts: the Enduring Call to Love”
  2. The recent commentary “The Assumptions of White Privilege and What we Can Do About It” by Fr. Bryan Massingale. 
  3. “Black Theogy and a Legacy of Oppression” by M. Shawn Copland. 
  4. Catholic Charities USA offers an educational resource focusing on the intersection of Poverty and Racism in the United States. Many local offices of Catholic Charities also offer their own resources and we encourage you to seek these out as well.
  5. Black Catholics make up four percent of the Catholic population in the United States and they have much to share. This article from America Magazine by Olga Segura offers a Black Catholic perspective of the Black Lives Matter movement.
  6. The Catholic Prison Ministry Coalition also has a resource page for understanding the intersections of race and imprisonment. 
  7. The Ignatian Solidarity Network offers a comprehensive resource page for racial justice. 
  8. The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture has a resource page on its website to learn about what it means to be antiracist and a free printable handout from the Racial Healing Handbook: Practical Activities to Help You Challenge Privilege, Confront Systemic Racism and Engage in Collective Healing, by Anneliese Singh, PhD, LPC. 
  9. The Obama Foundation has created a resource page “Anguish and Action” to support positive responses to create a more just and equitable world.