Is white privilege real?

white-privilegeThat is the title of a program that will be held April 14 at the Dayton Metro Library — Northwest Branch. It is being co-sponsored by the Sisters of the Precious Blood, the Dayton Catholic Social Action Office, Greater Dayton Christian Connections and Summit Christian Church. The program features segments from the DVD by Tim Wise titled White Like Me. Two of these programs have been held with participants numbering approximately 50 to 60 persons. The highlight has been small group discussions. If interested, contact Sister Jeanette Buehler at

A good preparation for this gathering (or for insightful reading at any time) are the books:

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult is a novel of a black nurse accused by a white supremacist couple of allowing their baby to die. The nurse is defended by a white woman lawyer. The book is insightful on all levels as it takes on racism and discrimination in America today. Listen to the author’s note narrated by Cassandra Campbell. Click here for the audiobook narrated by Audra McDonald, Cassandra Campbell and Ari Fliakos.

Tears We Cannot Stop: a Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson From the jacket cover: Endorsed by Toni Morrison — “Elegantly written, Tears We Cannot Stop is powerful in several areas: moving personal recollections; profound cultural analysis; and guidance for moral redemption. A work to relish.” For a review, click here.

 By Sister Jeanette Buehler

Assembly Directive: Stand with the marginalized, make a collective commitment to promote and witness nonviolence, and strive to effect reconciliation among God’s people; network with other individuals, agencies, and groups to be effective in our current reality.

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