Read | Write | Spell & St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You Adult Book Study Pt. 1
As Episcopal Christians, addressing the sin of racism is part of our Baptismal call to “respect the dignity of every human being.” Trust in Jesus’ resurrection requires us to look at the places in our world where new creation is not yet happening and join God in making it so. Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds is a comprehensive history of race and racism in America. A more complete understanding of how we came to this present moment can be very helpful in creating the solutions we all need to move forward into a better future. This five-part series will invite honest engagement with the history of race in this country, considered through a Christian theological lens. We will be using the Young Adult version of Stamped, but make no mistake, the ideas discussed will remain challenging for all adults, whether young and old. Join us as we look at ourselves and our world, praying that God will make things on earth as they are in heaven. Book study sessions will be facilitated by Kathy Ausen, St. Paul’s Episcopal parishioner and Ricky Shore, St. Paul’s Episcopal parishioner.
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You is a remix of Kendi’s original Stamped from the Beginning. Stamped from the Beginning is an extraordinary book, but, at 500 pages, is a bit long for a summer read. We are reading the Young Adult version so you will find it a fast read. We hope you’ll also have time for a few extras!
Tuesday, June 15 at 12:00 or 7:00 pm
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You
Introduction and Section 1 (pages IX-29)
· Chapter 1: The Story of the World’s First Racist
· Chapter 2: Puritan Power
· Chapter 3: A Different Adam
· Chapter 4: A Racist Wunderkind
As part of your reading for June 15, also try to watch this 53-minute video, A Class Divided, on YouTube:
Tuesday, June 22 at 12:00 or 7:00 pm
Section 2 (pages 41-69)
· Chapter 5: Proof in the Poetry
· Chapter 6: Time Out
· Chapter 7: Time In
· Chapter 8: Jefferson’s Notes
· Chapter 9: Uplift Suasion
· Chapter 10: The Great Contradictor
Tuesday, June 29 at 12:00 or 7:00 pm
Section 3 (pages 83-107)
· Chapter 11: Mass Communication and Mass Emancipation
· Chapter 12: Uncle Tom
· Chapter 13: Complicated Abe
· Chapter 14: Garrison’s Last Stand
Tuesday, July 6 at 12:00 or 7:00 pm
Section 4 (pages 117-155)
· Chapter 15: Battle of the Black Brains
· Chapter 16: Jack Johnson vs. Tarzan
· Chapter 17: Birth of a Nation (and a New Nuisance)
· Chapter 18: The Mission Is in the Name
· Chapter 19: Can’t Sing and Dance and Write It Away
· Chapter 20: Home Is Where the Hatred Is
Tuesday, July 13 at 12:00 or 7:00 pm
Section 5 and Afterword (pages 169-251)
· Chapter 21: When Death Comes
· Chapter 22: Black Power
· Chapter 23: Murder Was the Case
· Chapter 24: What War on Drugs?
· Chapter 25: The Soundtrack of Sorrow and Subversion
· Chapter 26: A Million Strong
· Chapter 27: A Bill Too Many
· Chapter 28: A Miracle and Still a Maybe
The #1 New York Times bestseller and a USAToday bestseller!
A timely, crucial, and empowering exploration of racism--and antiracism--in America
This is NOT a history book.
This is a book about the here and now.
A book to help us better understand why we are where we are.
A book about race.