Christ-centered universities are in a unique position to confront the racial hierarchies and marginalization that exist in society. These historical realities define the narrative of racial difference that has played a major role in the identity of our nation and now is the foundation for oppressive societal structures, laws, policies, hidden ideals and daily practices.
At Corban University, we believe that all people are created in the image of God, and that all people groups reflect the diversity displayed in the Trinity. We believe there is a theological imperative to embrace and celebrate ethnic and racial diversity as a gift from God and a central element of His redemptive message—that Christ died for ALL PEOPLE.
As we seek to engage in the work of reconciliation, it is important to hear the voices of many and not to solely and exclusively consider the voices and lived experiences of those who look like and sound like ourselves. We must be poised to learn from and embrace ethnically diverse perspectives. This is a gospel imperative—a call to follow Jesus Christ, who has sent the Holy Spirit to teach and instruct not just the white Western world, but people “from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages” (Revelation 7:9).
Consider the books, poems, movies, presentations, and excerpts included in this list. You will find opportunities to be challenged as eyes are opened and hearts are expanded. The list is meant to challenge and inspire growth in cultural humility, not to simply underscore current majority thought.
It is our prayer that as you seek reconciliation efforts, you will find ways to reflect and respond.
“Talking About Race.” This website published by the National Museum of African American History and Culture provides resources differentiated by audience—educators, kids, and allies—for understanding race, racial identity, systems of oppression, and antiracism.
VIDEOS, PODCASTS, & FILMS
“The Danger of a Single Story.” This 18-minute TED Talkby Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a compelling and humorous exploration of what creates stereotypes and why they become dangerous as we seek to tell stories about ourselves and others.
Code Switch. This podcast by NPR provides perspectives from People of Color on important matters of race in history, the news, culture, and more.
“The Atlantic Slave Trade: What Too Few Textbooks Told You.” This 6-minute TEDEd video by Anthony Hazard explores the tragic history of the Atlantic slave trade and demonstrates how slavery continues to haunt the economies, governments, and societies of the Atlantic world (Africa, Europe, North America, South America).
“Seeking Justice Through Stories: Racial Microaggressions.” In this 46-minute presentation by Paul Youngbin Kim, Associate Professor of Psychology at Seattle Pacific University, students explore the concept of microaggressions and learn suggestions for countering them.
Just Mercy. This 2019 film is based on the true story of young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) who graduates from Harvard and, instead of pursuing a lucrative job, heads to Alabama to defend those who had been wrongly condemned or could not afford proper representation. One of his first cases is that of Walter McMillan (Jamie Foxx), a Black man who has been convicted of murdering an 18-year-old White woman. Stevenson soon discovers that evidence against McMillan is suspect at best. He enters a fight against daunting political and racial forces in the pursuit of justice for McMillan and his family.
Between the World and Me. This 2015 book by Ta-Nehisi Coates is written as an honest letter to the author’s teenage son about the feelings, symbolism, and realities associated with being Black in the United States.
Brown Girl Dreaming. This 2016 book by Jacqueline Woodson is a collection of vivid poems in which she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s in the North and South, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Available in the Corban Library.
I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness. This 2018 book by Austin Channing Brown is her memoir exploring her lifelong experiences as a Black woman in a world that feels as if it’s “made for whiteness.”
The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the Church’s Complicity in Racism. This 2019 book by Jemar Tisby surveys American Christianity’s racialized history and suggests ways to bring equity and justice.
What If?: Short Stories to Spark Inclusion & Diversity Dialogue. This 2018 edition of Steve Robbins’ book explores unconscious bias within individuals and organizations.
Be the Bridge. This 2019 book by Latasha Morrison is a power-packed guide toward deepening readers’ understanding of historical factors and present realities, equipping them to participate in the ongoing dialogue surrounding race and to serve as catalysts for righteousness, justice, healing, transformation, and reconciliation.
Exclusion and Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation. This 2019 revised edition of Miraslov Volf’s book describes the process of opening oneself to the “other,” as opposed to acting in fear and anger toward difference. Available in the Corban Library.
Roadmap to Reconciliation 2.0: Moving Communities into Unity, Wholeness and Justice. This 2020 revised edition of Brenda Salter McNeil’s book provides resources for individuals and groups to address injustice and inequality in their communities. Available in the Corban Library.