I am starting a private group to read and discuss Jemar Tisby’s newest book, “How to Fight Racism.” The purpose of this group is to provide a safe place for people who are committed to fighting racial injustice with other like-minded individuals. This is not a group for people who have it all figured out. Many of you, like me, are often weighed down with a sense of, “What can I possibly do?” and, “What next?” This book will help us work through these questions to move toward concrete actions we can take together.
Here are a few logistics of the group:
- This group is not affiliated with my church. All are welcome, regardless of your faith beliefs or background. While Jemar Tisby writes as a Christian, the book is not only for Christians. In Jemar’s words, he draws on universally applicable principles such as dignity, love, and justice. This is a group for those who can be sensitive to varying beliefs among group members.
- I will facilitate questions every week, but I will not be producing much, if any, content for the group. The goal is discussion, not simply to absorb information.
- The purpose of this group is not to discuss/debate whether systemic racism exists or to what extent it exists, but concrete actions to take to address systemic racism. If you’re looking for a group to address the former, this may not be the group for you.
- The group will be a combination of a private Facebook group and 2-3 Zoom meetings. These groups/meetings are by invite only, and you must submit an application to me with the questions below.
- The group will begin on January 18th and run for 10 weeks, with one chapter per week. This gives you enough time to order the book now and possibly get a head start on reading it! Questions will be posted in the Facebook group each Monday for you to discuss with one another. The Zoom meetings will take place 2 or 3 times throughout the 10 weeks.
If you’re interested, please send me a message by Messenger/Email with a short (2-3 sentences) answer to these questions. You can also apply to the group directly here.
- Why do you want to join this group? What do you hope to get out of it?
- Can you realistically commit to reading one chapter per week and participating in the Facebook or Zoom discussions?
- Have you changed your mind in any way in the last few years about racial injustice? How so?
- Do you think systemic racism is a real problem in our country? Why or why not?