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Dismantling Racism as a Community

This is a clarion call to our community to help dismantle racism.

We are grieving, deeply at CORRAL. We are grieving for our girls, for our staff and for black members of our community who for decades have been and still are being treated less than for their skin color. We are grieving because until Black Lives Matter, we cannot see our vision become a reality.

CORRAL seeks to dismantle systemic racism as it pertains to the internal healing of participants on an individual level. Our vision is to “restore power and access to every vulnerable young woman in our community by providing opportunity and healing from inter-generational trauma and systemic marginalization.” 

Racism isn’t just black people’s problem; it’s everyone’s problem because it erodes the fabric of society. The generational horrors of racism in this country are complex, and while they can’t be solved overnight, we believe we can be the leaders that our girls and our community need. 

So, we are asking our community, “Can you push past our individual discomfort to create positive change in our society?” As a community, we are engaging in some of the resources below to educate ourselves on the topic of anti-racism. We encourage you to start now by either listening to a podcast and/or reading one of these books/articles below. 

Books:

  • I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness – Austin Channing Brown
  • Between the World and Me- Ta -Nehisi Coats
  • Just Mercy – Bryan Stevenson
  • White Fragility – Robin Diangelo
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness – Michelle Alexander
  • How to be an Antiracist – Ibram X. Kendi
  • Pushout – Monique W. Morris

Articles:

Television and Movies:

  • 13th, Ava DuVernay
  • When They See Us, Ava DuVernay
  • Race: The Power of Illusion, PBS documentary
  • I’m Not Racist Am I?, Andre Lee
  • BOSS: The Black Experience in Business, PBS documentary
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • Selma

Videos:

Podcasts:

  • Codeswitch, NPR
  • Sincerely Lettie
  • Momentum: A Race Forward
  • The JUST Podcast

Christian Resources:

Poetry:

Additional Resources:

An Open Dialogue:

  • Join us on Thursday, June 18th at noon to discuss how we can ‘be the change’ as individuals and as a community. Register here in advance. This is the first session we will host as part of a four-week series led by different facilitators.

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