Resources for Study and Reflection on Racism


As we continue the slower pace of summer, we invite everyone to commit to join us in one action toward our chapter directive on Widening and Deepening our Prophet Call to Justice. The statement partially states,

“In response to the sin of racism and other evil, we pledge ourselves to undergo personal and communal transformation.”

This list of resources has been prepared for your use by the Racial Justice Working Group.

Summer Reading/Listening/Watching List

Non-fiction Books available in Print or Audio

Between the World and Me, Te’Nahisi Coates… a compelling book, reflections for his teenage son.

America’s Original Sin:  Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to  a New America, Jim Wallis… the deep roots of racism in U.S.

Caste, Isabel Wilkerson… explores the unspoken system and structures of ranking in our country.

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria, Beverly Daniel Tatum… a revised classic on the psychology of racism in high school culture and what can make a difference.

Racial Justice and the Catholic Church, Bryan Massingale…  priest explores how Catholic social teaching has been used- and not used- to promote reconciliation and justice.

My Beloved World, Sonia Sotomayer… a memoir, her life up to her appointment to the Supreme Court.

Notes of a Native Son, James Baldwin… a series of essays, a classic on racism.

 Fiction Books also Movies

Small Great Things, Jodi Picoult… told from multiple points of view: the protagonist who is a Black delivery nurse,  a white supremacist father, the nurse’s lawyer.

The Invention of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd… fiction based on Grimké sisters, abolitionists and women’s rights advocates.

The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison… the story of a young black girl and the hidden effects of racism (explicit content )

 Videos and Movies

13th, documentary film, directed by Ava DuVernay, on Netflix… although the 13th Amendment abolished slavery, DuVernay explores legislation that continues to deny civil rights to black citizens.  

Just Mercybiographical drama based on the book by Bryan Stevenson, on YouTube and Amazon prime, $3.99… the story of the successful appeal of Walter MacMillan’s murder  conviction- a chilling example of our judicial system’s flaws.

Underground Railroadbased on Colson Whitehead’s book, streaming limited series on Amazon prime… fantasy drama, underground railroad depicted as actual railway-  despite scenes of brutality, worth seeing to the end.

Unseen Tears I & II, a documentary produced by Native American Community Services on Vimeo… Thomas Indian School and Mohawk Institute survivors speak about their experiences. 

Get Out, horror film written and directed by Jordan Peele on Hulu or for rent on YouTube, Amazon prime ($3.99)… for fans of horror, this will keep you on the edge of your seat. Used in an educational setting to describe “micro-aggressions”.

Prepared by the CSJ Racial Justice Working Group