Without drowning out black voices and other voices of color that desperately need to be head, we want to advance anti-racism strategies that align with our Catholic faith and Vincentian values.
This is not a political issue or a partisan argument. As a Catholic institution, our faith compels us to respond to the issue of racism. As Pope Francis said last week “Catholics cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism while also claiming to defend the sacredness of every human life.” This is a moment for our Church to take an important stand in stating, unequivocally, that black lives matter.
https://mission.niagara.edu/catholic/anti-racism-resources/ is designed to offer resources on the journey of understanding, it includes films, podcasts, books, speeches, artistic depictions, and actions you can take. Many of these have helped organizations to learn more about and confront unconscious bias in their work and daily lives. The can help us, too. Pick one or two that strike a chord with you and then start a conversation. Remember that it doesn’t have to be perfect to be meaningful.
With these resources, we hope to ignite conversations, to deepen understanding, and to open hearts to acknowledgement and reconciliation. Know that this is the first of many actions that we plan to take in the coming months to advance dialogue in support of our brothers and sisters of color. This list is in no way exhaustive. Please share resources with us that you have come across and found helpful at https://mission.niagara.edu/catholic/anti-racism-resources/