Healing Racism

By participating in the process of creating right relationships, healing and reconciliation, we are determined to eradicate racism within oursleves, our congregations, our church and our global community.
-OSP/IHM Statement Against Racism

 

The public discussion of racism in the United States today has been muted by perceptions, particularly among white people, that the successes of the civil rights movement and the election of the first black president of the United States have largely eradicated racial inequalities in the United   States. The reality is that because of the deep historical roots of racism in the U.S. and because of continuing discrimination that manifests itself in subtle and pervasive ways, racism is alive and well.

Having been kept at the bottom of the economic ladder for many years in numbers disproportionate to their percentage of the general population, people of color are the first and the hardest hit by cuts in welfare, health care, education, rising unemployment and by a harsh criminal justice system. Many policies, seemingly racially neutral on the surface, are harshly racist in their effects and implementation.

All people are affected by racism, including white people, who may not see themselves as racist but inherently benefit or gain privilege from a racist society. The continuation of this system harms us as individuals and deprives us of the contributions and experiences that our uniqueness and diversity provide.

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To learn more about healing racism, check out our annotated bibliographies:

Online Resources
Books and DVDS

Additional Resources
OSP-IHM Healing Racism Article 2016
The OSP/IHM Healing Racism Committee