US Conference of Catholic Bishops Pastoral Letters/ Documents:

All of these documents and more resources are available on the web or at the USCCB website:

Racism: Confronting the Poison in Our Common Home, USCCB: Dept. of Justice, Peace and Human Development, January, 2016

The Racial Divide in the United State: A Reflection for the World Day of Peace 2015, A Pastoral Letter, Most Reverend Edward K. Braxton, Ph.D., S.T.D., Bishop of Belleville, IL, January 1, 2015

Statement of Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, of Louisville, KY, President of the USCCB to the Spring General Assembly, June 10,2015

25th Anniversary: U.S. Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on Racism, October, 2004

In God’s Image: Pastoral Letter on Racism, Most Reverend Harry J. Flynn, Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, MN, September 12, 2003

Created in God’s Image: A Pastoral Letter on the Sin of Racism and a Call to Conversion, Most Rev. Dale J. Melczek, Bishop of the Diocese of Gary, IN, Aug. 6, 2003

Dwell in My Love: A Pastoral Letter on Racism, Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago,IL, April 4, 2001 (33rd Anniv. of the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.)

On Racial Harmony, A Statement Approved by the Administrative Board, National Catholic Welfare Conference, Aug. 23, 1963

Brothers and Sisters to US, US Catholic Bishops Pastoral Letter on Racism, 1979

The Ghost of the Legacy of Racial Inequity Continues to Haunt Us, Bishop Michael Pfeifer, O.M.J.

Diversity and Racial Justice Resources, 

Resources on Racism for Youth Ministry Leaders,


Racial Justice and the Catholic Church, Bryan Massingale, S.T.D. (a must read!)

America’s Original Sin, Jim Wallis

Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation, Jennifer Harvey

Everyday White People Confront Racial and Social Justice: 15 Stories, Eddie Moore, Jr, Ali Michael, Marguerite W. Penick-Parks, Editors

Understanding & Dismantling Racism, Joseph Barndt

The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander

Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson

Between The World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates

Nobody, Marc Lamont Hill

Why Race Matters, Cornel West 

The Cross and The Lynching Tree, James H. Cone                                            

White Like Me, Tim Wise

Waking Up White, Debbie Irvin

Witnessing Whiteness, Shelly Tochluk

Race is a Nice Thing to Have, Janet Helms

Lies My Teacher Told Me, James Loewen

People’s History of the US, Howard Zinn

Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice, Paul Kivel


13th XII (on Netflix)


12 Years a Slave

The Help


Birth of a Nation


Still Separate, Still Unequal: White Catholics and the Perduring Sin of Racism, America Magazine Aug. 29-Sept. 6, 2016

Breaking Silence on Racism, America Magazine Nov. 30, 2015

Editorial: New Dialogue on the Old Problem of Racism, National Catholic Reporter March 24, 2016

As Church Demographics Shift, Catholics Urged to Address the “Sin of Racism.” National Catholic Reporter Nov. 10, 2015

Blind Spots: Reckoning with Racism, Commonweal Magazine Oct. 5, 2016

Racism: Will We Ever Overcome?, U.S. Catholic Magazin, July 13, 2016

Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack  (A classic in literature about race,) Peggy McIntosh, Ph.D.

Race/Related: New York Times – weekly email newsletter,

When Whites Just Don’t Get It: Parts 1 -7, Nicholas Kristof, New York Times Sunday Review, 8/30/14; 9/6.14; 10/11/14; 11/15/14; 11/29/14; 4/2/16; 10/1/16

Is Everyone a Little Bit Racist?, Nicholas Kristof, New York Times Opinion Pages, Aug. 27, 2014

Why Talk About Whiteness: We Can’t talk About Racism Without It, Emily Chiariello

Teaching Tolerance:, Summer 2016

Confronting White Privilege, Katy Walwell, Teaching Tolerance Fall 2012

Can We? A Brief History of American Racism, Melissa Harris-Perry, The Nation Sept. 1, 2009

Black as We Wanna Be, Matthew McKnight, The Nation Sept. 15, 2016


YouTube: What I Didn’t Tell My White Friends Jim Crow Explained – Keith Hughes

Ted Talks:  Talks to Help You Understand Racism in America (9 talks)

Ideas.Ted.Com: My Hopes, Dreams, Fears for My Future Son

Clint Smith May 1, 2015

The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander speaking at Union Theological Seminary,

Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University,

Embrace Race: Raising Kids in a World Where Race Matters,