Racism is incompatible with
Christian values and Church teaching.
As Christians, we endeavor to
“do justice, love kindness and walk humbly
with the Lord our God.”  —Micah 6:8.

Speech excerpt from
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Winnetka, IL
July 25, 1965

“We must also rid ourselves of the belief that only time can solve the problem.
Be nice and patient, some say, and wait 100 or 200 years and the problem will work itself out. But time is neutral.
It can be used constructively or destructively, and the forces of evil have used time much more effectively than the forces of good will.
It may well be that we will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and violent actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.”

Winnetka Historical Society

Mission and Principles of Racial Justice Committee

Co-Chairs: Dana Connell and Laura Connell, Staff: Bill Evertsberg, At Large: Susan Bondurant, Sally Campbell, Michael Holling, Tommy McAtamney, Scott Myers, Diane Rand, and Henry White.

We are aware that there is a lot to learn about the history and impact of racism. We pledge to bring a variety of education opportunities to our members of all ages, to examine and expand our experiences and understandings. We hope this will include unique opportunities within our church. In the spirit of not re-inventing the wheel, we also hope to utilize existing resources and publicize broader educational opportunities for interested members.

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We are made to live in community with one another. We hope to make connections with our broader community, and create the opportunity for more diverse relationships. We also intend to connect and organize with other local churches who have hopes like ours.

We respect all members, their perspectives and levels of interest. For those interested members, we hope to provide ways to put their faith into action in a positive way. We recognize that change will not come over night, but we believe in the possibility of change.

Quick Fact

In The Civil Rights Cases in 1883, the Supreme Court held that exclusions from housing markets did not violate the 13th Amendment. This would not change for eighty five years; i.e., until 1968. (Rothstein, The Color of Law, VIII-IX).

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Education

As people of faith we believe that all people deserve equal treatment and respect. Therefore, in these turbulent times we need to learn how we arrived at this point in time; to reflect inwardly on our own prejudices and perhaps more importantly, to understand what we can do to bend the arc of the moral universe toward justice.

The first step when surprised by events or perspectives that may shake our view of society is to understand the journey that others have had to take; the situation from which they come and the pain that they feel.

In an attempt to help each of us more completely understand the current era in which we live, we have collected articles, movies, podcasts, videos and books that seek to provide both facts and perspective on the topic of racial justice and equality, historic economic and social facts and then perspectives from Blacks on how these facts have resulted in a system that places barriers inhibiting their personal initiative. To try and provide a perspective of the many issues that have led us to this point in time we have pulled together a series of videos, podcasts, articles and books that help provide insights around three broad questions or themes:

Theme 1 Do we understand what happened to the freed slaves after the Civil War and during the Jim Crow years and the road that Blacks have had to walk for the past 160 years?

Theme 2 Have there been barriers erected in our society that inhibit the initiative of Blacks?

Theme 3 Why does America seem to be unique in the world where race is the basis of prejudice?

We hope you will take some time each month to learn from the articles, presentations, podcasts, books and movies that we share. Additionally we will organize presentations on each theme.

Theme 1

Over the next one or two months we hope you will review some of the information below that provides more light on the history of the Black experience that we may be only slightly aware of. Do we understand what happened to the freed slaves after the Civil War and during the Jim Crow years and the road that Blacks have had to walk for the past 160 years?

We hope you will partake in some of the education items we’ve shared below to help answer questions such as:

  • Where were the last Jim Crow laws eliminated in the US?
  • Were Jim Crow laws limited to the South?
  • What impact did Jim Crow laws have on education development and wealth accumulation of Blacks?

Articles, Presentations, Podcasts, Books, and Movies

  • Phil Vischer gives us a crisp, quick historical survey of racism in the US.

Holy Post: Race in America #1
Holy Post: Race in America #2

  • A short documentary that tells the story of how the United Daughters of the Confederacy used their influence after the Civil War to idealize Southern Culture before the war and to minimize slavery as the primary cause of the war itself. It also tells the story of Confederate monuments.

How Southern socialites rewrote Civil War history 

  • A brief description of the history of Jim Crow from Hip Hughes

Jim Crow and America’s Racism Explained 

  • A short from NBC News Learn, After the Emancipation Proclamation, blacks fill local and national offices, but white southerners are determined to pass new state laws to curtail this progress.

Jim Crow Laws In the South

  • Full length documentary on the housing segregation and ho Black people built community.

Jim Crow of the North Minnesota Experience

  • A two-part movie on the history of Jim Crow Laws a team of college students put together in Fall of 2011.

The History of Jim Crow Laws Part I
The History of Jim Crow Laws Part II

  • GPB Education shows how the Supreme Court’s decision in the Plessy v. Ferguson case legally allowed “separate but equal” practices, African Americans were anything but treated equally in the Jim Crow South.

Jim Crow Laws and Racial Segregation in America | The Civil Rights Movement

  • Interact with individuals who lived under Jim Crow Laws. View Black America’s struggles, hopes, and dreams and see what connections you can find between your life today and their life so many years ago.

History in the First Person: Living Under Jim Crow Laws

  • PBS: The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow
    • Episode one recounts Black response to the passing of laws that segregated and disfranchised African Americans, laws that were reinforced with violence and terror tactics.

The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow | PBS | ep 1 of 4 Promises Betrayed

    • The second episode explores the dramatic rise of a successful black middle class and the determination of white supremacists to destroy this fledgling black political power.

The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow | PBS | ep 2 of 4 Fighting Back

    • Episode 3 chronicles the years between World Wars I and II, a time of increased mob violence, lynchings, and massacres of Blacks. White supremacy was kept in place by terrorism, but three men, each part of the fledgling NAACP, led campaigns to confront these threats: W.E.B. Du Bois, Walter White, and Charles Hamilton Houston.

The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow | PBS | ep 3 of 4 Don’t Shoot to soon

    • The final episode, “Terror and Triumph,” examines the surge of Black activism that took place after World War II.

The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow | PBS | ep 4 of 4 Terror and Triumph

  • Without Slavery, Would The U.S. Be The Leading Economic Power?

A review of the book The Half Has Never Been Told by Edward Baptist

  • “1619” from the New York Times

The New York Times Magazine complete article

Listen to the podcasts episodes from  “1619” 

  • Lynching in America

Video: Without Sanctuary, from a book by James Allen of Lynching Photography in America

A map to explore where the reported cases of lynching took place

Listen to podcast from the Equal Justice Initiative “Lynching in America”

  • Netflix documentary 13th by Ava DuVernay about the connection between US Slavery and the present day mass incarceration system.

“13th” Netflix movie based on James Baldwin‘s unfinished manuscript Remember This House. Narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson, the film explores the history of racism in the United States

  • One of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life

The Warmth of Other Suns​ by Elizabeth Wilkerson; publisher Penguin Randomhouse

Around Town

Virtual Social Justice Workshop
HEROS MLK Legacy
Five Breakout Groups  RSVP required
Sunday, January 17 at 2 p.m.

Online Social Justice Speaker Series
Todd Maxman, New Trier Social Studies Faculty
Robin Steinberg, CEO of The Bail Project
Samuel Gordon, Congregation Sukkat Shalom
Mondays, January 25, February 1, and 8 at 7 p.m.

Movies

13th

13th is a Netflix movie based on James Baldwin‘s unfinished manuscript Remember This House. Narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson, the film explores the history of racism in the United States.

I Am Not Your Negro

I Am Not Your Negro is a Netflix documentary by Ava DuVernay about the connection between US Slavery and the present day mass incarceration system.

The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow

The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow is a PBS four-part series about Jim Crow was not a person, yet affected the lives of millions of people. Named after a popular 19th-century minstrel song that stereotyped African Americans, “Jim Crow” came to personify the system of government-sanctioned racial oppression and segregation in the United States.
Part I

Part II

Part III

Part IV

Jim Crow of the North

Jim Crow of the North is a PBS documentary which explores the origins of housing segregation and illustrates how Black people built community—within the red lines that these restrictive covenants created.

The History of Jim Crow Laws

The History of Jim Crow Laws is a two part movie on the history of Jim Crow Laws a team of college students put together in Fall of 2011.

Disc I

Disc II