March 2019 - Minutes

CLJP Minutes March 12,  2019

Present: Taylor Beard, Hal Horan, Peter Weatherly, Bob McAdams, Chip Sanders, Ed Murray, Diane Murray, Burnie Davis, Jean Hammond.   Guest: Jim Hassmer.

Hassmer opened with a moment of silent and spoken prayer and Sanders presided.  

John Peale who continues as a patient WC’s medical facility. Continued prayers are welcomed.

The Minutes of the February 12, 2019 meeting prepared by Horan were approved.

Treasurer’s Report: The balance as of February 12 of  2, 616.85 continues, with Beard promising a full report next month.

ANNOUNCEMENT (McAdams)
            On Sunday, March 17th, at 3:00 pm, at Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church, 717 Rugby Rd. the Blue Ridge Virginia Chapter of the United Nations association will host Dr. Daniel A. Metraux who will ask and begin to answer the question: IS KOREAN REUNIFICATION POSSIBLE?

Dr. Metraux is a retired professor of Asian Studies at Mary Baldwin College and has been teaching in this field for 30 years.  This event is free and open to the public

PROGRAM: Dianne and Ed Murray led the group on an exercise—Racism and Us:  How are we doing? How can we help? The workout was to deal with how we personally became aware of race relations, the meaning it has for our own life experiences and discovering how, in sharing our own experiences, we may be of help to others.

Diane divided the group into two separate tables and distributed three sheets to each participant.  The first featured four quotations, shortened here:

Nelson Mandela (teaching love is more natural to the human heart than hate),

Lyndon B. Johnson (Until justice is color blind, education unaware of race, opportunity unconcerned with skin color, emancipation will be a proclamation, not a fact)

poster of a thoughtful African American addressing whites (You just don’t understand why I am so ANGRY—not mad about slavery or separate water fountains or white hoods and burning crosses. Mad because you follow me around the store because you think I am a thief, upset that you arm yourself against me and hold your purse tighter when I walk by, worried that I have to tell my children that they will be hated, feared, and demonized for absolutely no logical reason)

picture of white woman on a plane seated by a black woman in our own time! (I’m sorry but I’m not gonna travel beside a negro) Diane said that the flight attendant complied with her wish.

Diane then passed the following questions for the groups to ponder together:

  1. Discuss your early awareness of minorities. What do you recall others saying about them? Were they positive comments? Were they negative?
  2. Describe a recent discussion you’ve had with friends, family, neighbors, or with church members regarding racism.
  3. What are the barriers, as you see it, that need to be addressed based on these discussions?
  4. Going forward, what can you do to increase our own awareness of white privilege?
  5. How can we help existing groups of individuals and as an organization?

The Murrays also provided a list of Reading Suggestions which is appended to these minutes.

In this meeting agenda, the Murrays also found a few pertinent articles in the Washington Post reflecting the change that needs to happen in talking to children about race:

‘Efforts to raise ‘colorblind’ kids are waning’ – Discussions of race now start early: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/on-parenting/they-were-raised-to-be-colorblind–but-now-more-white-parents-are-learning-to-talk-about-race/2019/02/26/02dfc976-3072-11e9-813a-0ab2f17e305b_story.html?utm_term=.bc4b413fc692

For white parents who want to educate themselves, a wealth of internet resources have sprung up to guide them, including google worthy grass-roots organizations such as Showing Up for Racial Justice and  Raising Race Conscious Children.

Perhaps we too could become, the gospel imperative puts it, as little children as we further reflect on our own initial contact with racism, so many of us learning all about the mechanisms of white supremacy before the days of Martin Luther King and his dream of a beloved community.

All of this is meant to prepare us for April 9 when Lehman Bates will be our speaker. 

The Rev. Bates is currently teaching a course for Ollie, Christianity and Race: An Investigation.  The Ollie catalogue provides the following information:

Christianity remains the preeminent religious architecture in the world, having “absolute” power to control, influence, and manipulate racial thought, action, and behavior. This course will seek to investigate the daily challenges facing Christian leaders in confronting Christianity’s “contradiction” in order to expose Christianity’s continuing role in promoting and manipulating racial thought. Lehman Bates is Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Charlottesville. Pastor Bates has over thirty years in ministry, international travel, and local outreach as Pastor, Certified Counselor, and spiritual advisor to local decision makers.

The meeting submitted adjourned at  2:15 pm

Respectfully,  Hal Horan, Recording Secretary

Racism and White Privilege – Reading Suggestions

https://www. washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/02/23/racism-isnt-dead-black-americans-still-need-green-book/?utm term=.314fba489

What Truth Sounds Like, Michael Eric Dyson:2018 Tears We Cannot Stop, Michael Eric Dyson: 2017

The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap: Mehrsa Baradaran; 2017

God and the Oppressed, James Cone: 1975

The Cross and the Lynching Tree, James Cone 2011

Waking Up White: Finding Myself in the Story of Race, Debby Irving, 2014

The Blood of Emmitt Till, Timothy B. Tyson: 2017

The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson: 2010

Slavery By Another Name, Douglas Blackmon: 2008

Bury My heart at Wounded Knee, Dee Brown: 1970

Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi-Coates: 2015

At the Hands of Persons Unknown, Philip Dray: 2003

Coming of Age in Mississippi, Anne Moody: 1965

The Underground Railroad from Slavery to Freedom, Wilbur H. Siebert: 2006

Underground Railroad, William Still: 2007

Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson: 2014

Stamped From the Beginning, Ibram X. Kendi: 2016

So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Olue: 2018

Freedom is Not Enough, James T Patterson: 2010