The next meeting for the Book Group on Race and Racism will be Sunday, May 26, after worship in the red chairs in the Sanctuary. We are reading Until We Reckon:
Violence, Mass Incarceration, and a Road to Repair by Danielle Sered. The New Press shares this about the book:
“Although over half the people incarcerated in America today have committed violent offenses, the focus of reformers has been almost entirely on nonviolent and drug offenses. Danielle Sered’s brilliant and groundbreaking Until We Reckon steers directly and unapologetically into the question of violence, offering approaches that will help end mass incarceration and increase safety.
Widely recognized as one of the leading proponents of a restorative approach to violent crime, Sered asks us to reconsider the purposes of incarceration and argues persuasively that the needs of survivors of violent crime are better met by asking people who commit violence to accept responsibility for their actions and make amends in ways that are meaningful to those they have hurt—none of which happens in the context of a criminal trial or a prison sentence.”
Our summer reading will be The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, by Isabel Wilkinson. This is a 500+ page non-fiction work, the stories of three individuals who left the Jim Crow South to build new lives in Chicago, New York City, and Los Angeles. Two went by train, and one drove from New Orleans to LA. The title comes from a poem.
“I was leaving the South
to fling myself into the unknown . . .
I was taking a part of the South
to transplant in alien soil,
to see if it could grow differently,
if it could drink of new and cool rains,
bend in strange winds,
respond to the warmth of other suns
and, perhaps, to bloom”