Tag: Racism

Was it racism in the verdict of police officer shooting?

The wife of former East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld burst into tears, shaking uncontrollably, when a jury announced Friday it had acquitted her husband of homicide. Meanwhile, the mother of Antwon Rose, who the officer fatally shot last summer, did not cry in the courtroom. Michelle Kenney later said she was disappointed in the verdict but not surprised.

Racism continues as a built-in part of the fabric of living in the U.S. today!

Pittsburgh’s Public Radio Station WESA has the story covered in the top four stories on their website this weekend. To read and listen click here https://www.wesa.fm/news

Let’s reflect on racism as it seems to be around every corner and swept just under the surface in every community.

Here are some voices expressing the various subtle and dynamic points of racism in the U.S.

Ashley asks that you walk in the shoes of a young black woman … listen to what she experiences as a college student. Listen to her story on Survivors …

Lafayette shares about racism and prejudice … the object of hatred because of color is just sheer ignorance. I confront that everyday as a black man. Listen to his story on Passages …

Children learn racism from adults. Lora helps to unpack racism from her life experience in being one of the elder’s of the community. Listen to her story on Passages …

Turning the other cheek is really tough to do when you are treated different because of your skin or race. Manuel explains what he did when confronting a racist situation. Listen his story on Survivors …

A little music to help us all to get to a better place! Click on the audio button below …

God’s love is big enough for us all!

Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.

We celebrate the contributions and life well lived by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Laura is someone who was able to be up-close and personal with Martin Luther King, Jr.

She shares on Passages the impact that King had on her and others,  Listen by clicking on the audio button below.

Laura shares thoughts on racism. Listen by clicking on the button below.

Lena has grown up in an all white community and shares about racism on Survivors. Click on the button below.

We pray for our nation and our world aa we remember all the good that Martin Luther King, Jr. did and what still needs to be done!

I Hate You! I Love You!

How Can We All Get Along A Little Better?

The national conversation continues about how mean and nasty people can be to each other just because the color of peoples skin color is different.

Here are some more reflections from young people on racism from our Survivors series of stories.

Ashley struggles with people reacting to her skin color being black on Survivors. She wants to be given a chance because of who she is in being a member of the human race. Listen to her story by clicking on the audio button below.


Lean grew up in an all white community. She learns through experiences outside of that community an appreciation for all people. Listen to her story by clicking on the audio tab below.


Manuel is Hispanic and speaks two languages and expresses his love for being a citizen of the U.S.  Listen to his story by clicking on the audio link below to listen to his story.


Fred Rogers learning to break dance with Jermine is a good way to help young children to view a positive role model in helping to understand different people and cultures. Watch this clip from youtube by clicking on the link below.



Biblical Reflection on Racism as Part of the Human Condition
From the book of Esther 2:10 “Esther had not revealed her nationality and family background, because Mordeccai had forbidden her to do so.”


Conversations for Charlottesville and Beyond …

Another time, another place, but not a different conversation because racism is one of those issues just under the surface waiting for an opportunity to be part of the national conversation. If not at the national level there have and will continue to be times on a smaller scale community by community when racism is realized through individuals and events. Conversations and naming it for what it is continues to be the first and most powerful step in dealing with this issue.

  1. prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior.
    “a program to combat racism”
    synonyms: racial discrimination, racialism, racial prejudice, xenophobiachauvinismbigotrycasteism

    “Aborigines are the main victims of racism in Australia”
    • the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.
      noun: racism

Here are some voices from Passages and Survivors that will be heard today and more stories added through the weekend to reflect on racism in our world.

Roberto experiences racism but seeks a way to connect to the person who is being racists towards him. Listen to his story on Survivors and discover the empathy he eventually feels for the person being racist. Click on the button below to hear his audio story ….


Pat grows up in a racially segregated city of Baltimore. She reflects on the positive things that has helped make her take stands for peoples civil rights on Passages. Reflect now on stories of racism to help you with the need to have a conversation with someone who is different from you. Click on the audio button below to listen to Pats’ Story on Passages.



More stories in print by clicking on this link  https://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/racial-ethnic-and-womens-ministries/


Waking Up White

“One of the most important books on race in recent memory.”

Presbyterian Outlook article … the experience of two congregations with the book …



Waking Up White the book



A reflection from Lafayette Richardson on Passages about prejudice and racism ….



What are your inner most feelings about people who are different?

Where, when and how do you believe these feelings were formed?

When does your inner most bias towards another race or person with a different skin color than you come out?

How has racism changed for you and those around you on this passage known as life?

America Love It & Live It: Values and Race

America the melting pot of many different people following their dreams of living in a land of freedom and opportunity. Jim tells about growing up in a conservative family with values that appreciates all people no matter their skin color.

James E. Wallis Jr.[1] (born June 4, 1948) is a Christian writer and political activist. He is best known as the founder and editor of Sojourners magazine and as the founder of the Washington, D.C.-based Christian community of the same name. Wallis is well known for his advocacy on issues of peace and social justice. Although Wallis actively eschews political labels, he describes himself as an evangelical and is often associated with the evangelical left and the wider Christian left. He worked as a spiritual advisor to President Barack Obama.[2] He is also a leader in the Red-Letter Christian movement.[3] Listen to Jim’s story on Passages as we reflect on values that makes our country great.

What are the values that you have and where did they come from? Who in your life helped shape your values?
Facing Racism: A Vision of the Beloved Community

Presbyterian Church Facing Racism

Racism is the opposite of what God intends for humanity. It is the rejection of the other, which is entirely contrary to the Word of God incarnate in Jesus Christ. Racism is a lie about our fellow human beings, for it says that some are less than others.

Over the Counter – A Mexican-American Encounter

Manuel shares a story on Survivors of working in his home town at a business and encounters racial/ethnic stereotyping that almost pushes him over the edge.  He keeps his cool!  Listen to him tell the story below on Survivors by clicking on the audio button.


On Passages we hear the story of another survivor from being punished in the public school for speaking his first language Spanish!  Roberto tells about discrimination and racism from his experience of growing up a Mexican-American by clicking on the audio button below.

My Immigration Story

Statistics do not tell the story of immigration. People do. Since its inception, this nation has been continually infused with the energy of newcomers. Yet their assimilation has seldom been smooth. The challenges we face today are not new. Only the stories are. SHARE YOUR STORY IMPORTANT NOTICE If you need legal advice on dealing…


What are your family stories in coming to the United States?  What are the similarities and differences that you find from the stories shared here on Survivors and Passages in living and growing up here?  Who are the Jew, the Gentile, the Greek, and the Samaritan stories of our day?


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