Discussing Race and Racism

The Faith Development Committee recently held weekly discussions about race and racism. We encourage you to view the material we discussed.


This Friday we became aware of this presentation-

Race & Health Discussion presented by Chandra Char, MPH. 

Friday August 7, 2020 at 2-3:30pm

Please register using this link:  https://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5zQR4D7RmYOGA0l


A Zoom link and supplemental materials will be emailed out 24 hours before the presentation. 


Copies of the presentation will not be available.


Chandra Char, MPH is a doctoral candidate at Oregon State University in Public Health- Health Promotion & Health Behavior. She is a researcher and instructor of social determinants of health. Chandra has won awards from the American Public Health Association and Oregon Public Health Association for her work in addressing health inequalities in vulnerable populations. Her research speciality is disabilities health equity focusing on health care discrimination. Chandra is a former member of Heritage Presbyteriam Church.


Helpful handouts

1- Here is a excellent handout that includes comments that people can use when they are in a cross-racial discussion "Silence Breakers for Whites"  excerpted from Robin DiAngelo. They are about humility.


2- In our next handout "Being an Active Bystander" uses strategies like humor, lifting up the discomfort, and refusing to rely on the assumption being made.


Links to Videos

Tuesday July 28

Today we will watch a video by Kori Carew whereby gives examples of racism she has encountered and encourages us to speak up.   Click here to view Just belonging: finding the courage to interrupt bias | Kori Carew |


Tuesday July 21  We watched the video of Kimberle Crenshaw about "The Urgency of Intersectionality" video link


Tuesday, July 14- We began our discussions with watching Session 1 and Session 4 of Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man

Click here to view episode 1

Emmanuel Acho sits down to have an “uncomfortable conversation” with white America, in order to educate and inform on racism, system racism, social injustice, rioting & the hurt African Americans are feeling today.


Click here to view episode 4

In episode 4, Emmanuel reads and answers emails directly from viewers. Addressing the role of the broken black family, cultural appropriation, and “reverse racism"



Tuesday, July 7 -  Click her to view "Deconstructing White Privilege" by Dr. Robin DiAngelo. 



Tuesday, June 30 - Click here to view  "How Racial Bias Works and How to Disrupt it" by Jennifer L. Eberhardt


        Click here to read the study Dr. Eberhardt was referencing.


Tuesday, June 23- Click here to view our opening discussion about "How to Deconstruct Racism, One Headline at a Time by Baratunde Thurston.



Community Town Halls Regarding Local Policing


The faith development committee is aware of two local virtual town halls and is inviting the class and the congregation to view them if you wish. These are opportunities to listen to a variety of voices about police policies and actions in our local area. 


A conversation with VPD Chief Shawny Williams

Was aired Thursday June 25, 2020  7:00 pm


Please note the discussion starts at about 4:25 on the video recording.

Hosted by Friendship Mission Baptist Church of Vallejo and #EracismVallejo.  Featuring a conversation with Vallejo Police Chief Shawny Williams.



Audit of Vallejo Police Department, Feedback Request


On Tuesday, June 16th, the OIR Group presented a third-party audit of the Vallejo Police Department (VPD). Their findings were shared, without redaction, for the Vallejo community to get the full picture of the challenges we are seeking to address in the VPD. Following the presentation, Chief of Police Shawny Williams presented his draft plan for implementing the recommendations by the third-party auditor that will help advance police services in the City of Vallejo.


Chief Williams noted that his plan was a draft, and he is looking for public feedback on the plan to ensure critical issues and points of timing have not been missed. Now you can share your thoughts, with full access to the documents that Chief Williams used to make his plans.


Feedback Link

 Vallejo Unites to Improve Vallejo Police Department Flyer



Justice in Policing Virtual Town Hall

was broadcasted on Tuesday, June 30, 2020


The goal of the town hall is to foster a community discussion about one of the most pressing issues of our time while seeking public input on possible solutions.


Sen. Dodd; guests including the Reverend Dante Quick of Vallejo's Friendship Baptist Church; Bay Area psychologist Terri L. Thompson; Michael Gennaco, nationally recognized expert on law enforcement reform and accountability systems; Gabriel "Jack" Chin, professor at UC Davis Law School.