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Advent Message:

Ecumenical partners offer Advent message. Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry and the leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada have joined together to offer the following Advent message: “Churches Beyond Borders – Advent Call to Address Racism and White Supremacy” Advent Message

The Crime of Living While Black

“I am tired of carrying this invisible burden of other people’s fears.” —Baratunde Thurston. Watch his full TED Talk here: http://t.ted.com/WPUcQmU

Multidisciplinary artist and TED Fellow Paul Rucker is unstitching the legacy of systemic racism in the United States. A collector of artifacts connected to the history of slavery — from branding irons and shackles to postcards depicting lynchings — Rucker couldn’t find an undamaged Ku Klux Klan robe for his collection, so he began making his own. The result: striking garments in non-traditional fabrics like kente cloth, camouflage and silk that confront the normalization of systemic racism in the US. “If we as a people collectively look at these objects and realize that they are part of our history, we can find a way to where they have no more power over us,” Rucker says. (This talk contains graphic images.)

To understand and eradicate racist thinking, start at the beginning. That’s what journalist and documentarian John Biewen did, leading to a trove of surprising and thought-provoking information on the “origins” of race. He shares his findings, supplying answers to fundamental questions about racism — and lays out an exemplary path for practicing effective allyship.

This talk was presented to a local audience at TEDxCharlottesville, an independent event. TED’s editors chose to feature it for you.ABOUT THE SPEAKERJohn Biewen · Journalist, documentarianJohn Biewen directs the audio program at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, where he produces the Center’s Peabody-nominated documentary podcast, Scene on Radio.TAKE ACTION

https://www.today.com/video/bishop-michael-curry-calls-for-divided-americans-to-find-common-ground-95373893672, Other Racism/bigotry discussion points and resources:
Race Forward
Here are some video resources on systematic racism-What it is and its impact
https://www.raceforward.org/videos/systemic-racism

Here is an NPR story, slavery connections in New England
https://www.npr.org/2016/06/21/482874478/forgotten-history-how-the-new-england-colonists-embraced-the-slave-trade

https://www.nationalgeographic.org/article/new-england-colonies-use-slaves/

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