West End United Methodist Church

Anti-Asian Racism Resources:

API Middle TN  (Asian Pacific Islander Middle TN) - This link contains information locally on how to get involved with the work of API and #StopAsianHate, including Advocacy opportunities, donation to families of the tragic shooting in Atlanta that targeted Asian women, and how to report a hate incident.
Article on what it's like to be an Asian Woman in America

Being Asian American means living in a country that treats you as a perpetual foreigner. That has to change - Opinion by Rev. Laura Mariko Cheifetz

Bystander Training

What do you do when you are on a public sidewalk and you witness someone being harrassed?  Hollaback offers several free bystander trainings, which you can access by clicking here.  Because hate speech and action happens everywhere, there are several varities of bystander training from how to intervene when its happening in a public place like a bus or on the street or how to address online abuse.

Indigenous Persons Resources:

Native Lands - Many of us are not native to the lands we work, live, play, or worship on. To find out more, enter your address into this website: https://native-land.ca/ 

West End UMC is on the land where ᏣᎳᎫᏪᏘᏱ Tsalaguwetiyi (Cherokee, East) Shawandasse Tula (Shawanwaki/Shawnee) S’atsoyaha (Yuchi) once lived and flourished. Through federal seizure of land, broken treaties, and forced removal, we now come to be here.

For beginners:

The Color of Compromise  - Jemar Tisby
Be the Bridge - Latasha Morrison
How to be an Anti-Racist - Ibram X Kendi
I’m Still Here :Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness-  Austin Channing Brown
Jesus and the Disinherited - Howard Thurman
Why Are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria - Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum
I’m Black, I’m  Christian, I’m  Methodist - Ed.  by Rudy Rasmus 
But I Don’t See you as Asian: Curating Conversations about Race - Bruce Reyes-Chow


For a better understanding of Our History:
Stamped from the Beginning - Ibram X Kendi
Why We Can’t Wait - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Walking Against the Wind - John Lewis

Policy History:
The Color of Law -  Richard Rothstein
Just Mercy - Bryan Stevenson
The New Jim Crow - Michelle Alexander

For those farther along in their journey:
The Cross and the Lynching Tree - James Cone
A Black Theology of Liberation - James Cone
Too Heavy a Yoke: Black Women and the Burden of Strength- Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes 
I Bring the Voices of My People - Dr.  Chanequa Walker-Barnes
Prophetic Lament - Dr. Soong-Chan Rah
DeColonizing  Christianity - Miguel De La Torre


Film (Documentaries and Narrative Film):
When They See Us
Eyes on the Prize

The Promise

Resources for Youth:

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-Winning Stamped from the Beginning Jason Reynolds & Ibram X Kendi 
Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? Police Violence and Resistance in the United States Edited by Joe Macaré, Maya Schenwar, and Alana Yu-lan Price

How it Went Down by Kekla Magoon 
Dear Martin by Nic Stone (9th grade up)
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (8th grade up)
I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina (9th grade up, graphic novel)

The Shout by Hannah Bonner - (Based on a DVD, would be tricky to do remotely)

When They See Us
The Hate U Give
Just Mercy
13TH (documentary)

Teen Vogue’s articles on racism and activism
Race Talk: Engaging Young People in Conversations about Race and Racism (article for educators)
Smithsonian “Talking About Race” Online Portal 

Bree Newsom’s tweets