RAAN's mission is "to fuel modern reformation in the African American community and with a multi-ethnic mindset by providing biblically faithful resources, by connecting Christians who adhere to Reformed doctrines–especially African Americans, and by building theology in community from a Reformed and African American perspective as well as with others from diverse ethnic backgrounds."
RAAN recently aired an episode of its podcast "Pass the Mic" providing practical steps to being a white ally in the fight for racial justice and reconciliation in the United States.
While the full podcast fleshes out the steps with greater context (and I strongly encourage you to listen to it via the link below), I will summarize the practical steps over the course of three Engage Daily posts: one per week for the next three weeks. There are just too many good ideas in this podcast to fit them all into one post!
So, here are the first actions which the episode highlights:
- Challenge others when we hear them stereotype a minority group. Have the courage to push back.
- Be intentional in our relationships by befriending someone of another racial or ethnic group.
- Reject the temptation to joke at the expense of an ethnic group. Don't generalize for a quick laugh.
- Don't consume media (or social media) uncritically. Discern if media are stereotyping people, and if they reinforce anger or fear of people who are foreign or different from us.
- Diversify our media intake, including social media. Some sources they suggest to gain African-American perspective (without necessarily endorsing all they stand for) are theGrio, The Root, and The Huffington Post's Black Voices site.