Racial Justice Resources

candles with the names of murdered black men and women

In the wake of the killings of George Floyd, Ahmuad Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade – and too many others to name – we provide the following resources as we work to affirm the value and dignity of Black life and Black people. 

As an engaged, contemporary, Catholic university dedicated to addressing humanity’s urgent challenges, we are called to stand in solidarity with the loved ones of those recently killed, as well as all those fighting for Black lives.  Likewise, we must honestly assess our legacy of racial prejudice, violence and silence, a legacy that is woven into the structures of American public life and its legal, political and economic systems.  We must commit ourselves to fulfilling the promise and potential of this great Catholic University - to help shape a world where the human dignity of every individual is recognized, reverenced and protected.

At this moment, it is vital that the voices of white people join with other voices to name the injustice we see and acknowledge the hurt, anger, and frustration in our community. 

For those who have little or no lived experience of racism, and may be struggling to understand the events and reactions of these last few weeks, I invite us to listen and learn, to open our hearts to understand in a new and deeper way – and then to take action.  As Michelle Obama wrote recently, “If we ever hope to move past racism, it can’t just be on people of color to deal with it.  It’s up to all of us – Black, White, everyone – no matter how well-meaning we think we might be, to do the honest, uncomfortable work of rooting it out.” 

That is the work we hope to start.  Let us pray for strength and wisdom for our journey ahead.

 

Click here to watch the Prayer Service for Racial Justice on YouTube (6/2/20)

Click here to access a pdf of the examination of conscience used during the prayer service.

Click here to access an audio file of the examination of conscience used during the prayer service.

 

Related Articles:

“The assumptions of white privilege and what we can do about it,” Bryan Massingale, National Catholic Reporter, 6/1/20

“Finding grace within our republic of suffering,” Bishop Robert McElroy, statement published 6/1/20

“How can Catholics help lead the fight against racism?” Olga Segura, America, 5/29/20