The 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge
For 21 days, we invite you to do one action daily to further your understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity.
This plan, adapted from Dr. Eddie Moore’s 21-Day Racial Equality Habit Building Challenge© includes suggestions for readings, podcasts, videos, observations, and ways to form and deepen community connections.
About the Challenge
We think understanding white privilege and white supremacy is a powerful lens into the complexities of doing social justice work.
Can be done individually, with friends and family, or in your Sunday School class or small group.
Please use the tracking chart provided to stay on course and accountable to our habit building attention. Each day select one action from the categories below. Please consider diversifying your selections each day.
Statement on Racial Violence from J. Herbert Nelson, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) (8:04)
We Have a Choice by Jonathan Walton – Dean of the Wake Forest Divinity School (8:23)
Tyler Merrit Project: Before You Call the Cops (3:09)
This is Us, Dr. Eddie Glaude explains why blaming current racial tensions on Donald Trump misses the point. (3 minutes)
Racism is Real, A split-screen video depicting the differential in the white and black lived experience. (3 minutes)
Confronting ‘intergroup anxiety’: Can you try too hard to be fair? Explores why we may get tongue tied and blunder when we encounter people from groups unfamiliar to us. (5 minutes)
The Disturbing History of the Suburbs, An “Adam Ruins Everything” episode that quickly and humorously educates how redlining came to be. (6 minutes)
What Kind of Asian Are You? Humorous two-minute YouTube video that illustrates the utter silliness of the way many white Americans interact with Asian Americans. (2 minutes)
WATCH (10-20 minutes)
What Being Hispanic and Latinx Means in the United States, Fernanda Ponce shares what she’s learning about the misunderstanding and related mistreatment of the incredibly diverse ethnic category people in U.S. call Hispanic. (12 minutes)
Indigenous People React to Indigenous Representation in Film And TV, Conversation with a diverse range of Indigenous people by FBE about media depictions of Indigenous people, Columbus day, and Indigenous identity. (15 minutes)
How to deconstruct racism, one headline at a time, TED Talk by Baratunde Thurston that explores patterns revealing our racist framing, language, and behaviors. (10 minutes)
The danger of a single story, TED Talk by Chimamanda Adiche, offers insight to the phenomenon of using small bits of information to imagine who a person is. (18 minutes)
How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them, TED Talk by Vernā Myers, encourages work vigorously to counter balance bias by connecting with and learning about and from the groups we fear. (19 minutes)
WATCH (over 20 minutes)
Oberlin: A village Rooted in Freedom
Christianity in the Age of Anxiety, Dr. Brian Blount's extended interview with Dr. Wojciech Szczerba, WMPC’s Poland mission partner.
13th, Netflix documentary by Ava DuVernay about the connection between US Slavery and the present day mass incarceration system. (1 hour, 40 minutes)
Birth of a White Nation, Keynote speech by legal scholar Jacqueline Battalora, offers a blow-by-blow description of the moment the idea of, and word for, “white” people entered U.S. legal code. (36 minutes)
Just Mercy (2:16:00)
Race: The Power of an Illusion, Three-part, three-hour film by California Newsreel exploring the biology of skin color, the concept of assimilation, and the history of institutional racism. (three 1 hour episodes)
Statement by Dr. Brian Blount, President of Union Presbyterian Seminary
Who Gets to Be Afraid in America? by Ibram X. Kendi
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, by Peggy McIntosh
Explaining White Privilege to A Broke White Person, by Gina Crosley-Corcoran
21 Racial Microaggressions You Hear on a Daily Basis, by Heben Nigatu
Guide to Allyship, Created by Amélie Lamont
Reflections from a Token Black Friend by Ramesh A Nagarajah
Performative Allyship Is Deadly (Here’s What to Do Instead) by Holiday Phillips
The Disproportionate Risks of Driving While Black by Sharon LaFraniere and Andrew W. Lehren
The Average Black Family Would Need 228 Years to Built the Wealth of a White Family Today by Joshua Holland
What White Children Need to Know About Race, by Ali MIchael and Elenora Bartoli
Climbing the White Escalator, by Betsy Leondar-Wright
Code Switch, hosted by journalists Gene Demby and Shereen Marisol Meraji
TED Radio Hour – Mary Bassett: How Does Racism Affect Your Health? host Guy Raz speaks with Dr. Mary T. Bassett, Director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University
Scene on Radio – Seeing White Series, host John Biewen and collaborator Chenjerai Kumanyika
Pod Save the People, Activism. Social Justice. Culture. Politics. On Pod Save the People, organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson
Black Like Me, host Dr. Alex Gee
NPR Morning Edition – You Cannot Divorce Race From Immigration journalist Rachel Martin talks to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas
Black Americans Bear the Brunt of the Covid-19 Pandemic's Economic Impact, NPR (3:00)
Go and see the murals and resistance art that has emerged in downtown Raleigh.
Learn about and visit Raleigh’s historic Oberlin Cemetery.
Oberlin: A village Rooted in Freedom (over 20 minutes)
Patronize African-American-owned businesses and/or research the positions of business where you spend your dollars.
75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice by Corinne Shutack
Journal your journey through this 21 Day Challenge.
Participate in a protest, march, vigil or time of prayer in person or online.
Write your elected officials.
Follow anti-racist accounts and black artists on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Test Your Awareness: Do The Test, This video shows us the importance of paying attention, and how much more we see when we are looking for particular things around us.
Use each question below separately as one day’s challenge:
- Who is and is not represented in ads?
- What is the racial mix of the main characters in your favorite TV shows? Movies?
- Who is filling what kinds of jobs/social roles in your world? Can you correlate any of this to racial identity?
- As you move through the day, what is the racial composition of the people around you? On your commute? At the coffee shop you go to? At the gym? At your workplace? At the restaurant you go to on the weekend?
- What are the last 5 books you have read? What is the racial mix of the authors?
WMPC Steadfast & Faithful Small Group Opportunities
These small groups are being offered with the following intentions:
To cultivate a space for participants to be fully present to each other, themselves and God
To foster an awareness that allows these voices and experiences to seep into our hearts and spirits.
To invite each person to engage wherever they are in the present moment as they reflect on experiences and learnings through sharing, listening and silence.
To reflect and share, not discuss, debate or problem-solve.
During the sign-up process you will be invited to schedule a Zoom meeting for noon or 7:00 p.m. on the following days:
Wednesdays, 12 p.m., July 1 through August 26
Wednesdays, 7 p.m., July 1 through August 26
Participants are always welcome, but we encourage you to sign-up the Monday before so we can plan for the number of facilitators needed.
Exceptional collaboration between Sesame Street and CNN’s Town Hall, entitled Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism.
Here is a list of resources that promote solidarity with all races.
Here is a resource to help our church’s children think and talk about race. Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester is available as a read aloud book online.
Here is a list of recommended books for teaching children about race from Today's Parent.