PLNU & Racial Justice
The racial violence against people of color brings clear attention to a brokenness of our human condition and separation across society that must be addressed. What breaks our hearts, and surely the heart of God, is that our very own students, faculty, and staff have experienced these issues of racism, discrimination, pain, and trauma in the PLNU community.
This trauma is not new — it has existed and been experienced since before the inception of our country without ever having received proper remedy, and we believe the only way to truly move forward is by committing to a trauma-informed response. This starts by trying to listen, empathize, and understand as we move into the next steps of beginning to fix, repair, and heal. For the people of color in our community and beyond, we collectively grieve the centuries of oppression, violence, and trauma endured. For the white people in our community, we collectively grieve the complacency and silence that creates complicity with systemic and institutionalized racism in America.
In Jesus we see a God who experiences anger at the evil in our world, who establishes justice and righteousness, and who works on behalf of the oppressed. We also see in Jesus a God who listens intently, grieves deeply, and actively works to topple oppression. As Christians, we are compelled and empowered to follow this example, work against injustice, and call out racism in any form.
This work can feel taxing in effort physically, emotionally, and spiritually. But remember why we’re committing to this work. Remain intentional with your thoughts and feelings, keep healthy relationships, and utilize university resources if you need support. The following PLNU emails are a great place if you are seeking more information, guidance, or want to continue a conversation with us:
Other Resources for the Journey
The following have been selected as resources to learn more about racial reconciliation and healing. It is by no means exhaustive as we know there are specific histories and experiences not included. There is much to learn and this is only a start.
For those in particular who are new to this lifelong journey, we encourage you to seek out books, articles, and films that enrich your understanding of racial injustice and its current and historical impact on affected populations. Also consider participating in forums and events that create space for engagement, discussion, and further learning. PLNU-sponsored learning opportunities will also be promoted via email as they become available.
*While we hope to offer a variety of voices for you to consider in this conversation, PLNU does not endorse any political organization or movement, nor support any group that calls for violence or condones illegal activity.
- So You Want to Talk About Race — Ijeoma Oluo
- A People’s History of the United States — Howard Zinn
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Race — Robin DiAngelo
- The Fire Next Time — James Baldwin
- Between the World and Me — Ta-Nehisi Coates
- The New Jim Crow — Michelle Alexander
- America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America — Jim Wallis
- The Cross and the Lynching Tree — James H. Cone
- I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness — Austin Channing Brown
Films & Videos
- Just Mercy
- The Hate U Give
- If Beale Street Could Talk
- Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man by Emmanual Acho
- A Conversation About Growing Up Black | Op-Docs | The New York Times
- Systemic Racism Explained
- Dr. Martin Luther King's Letter from a Birmingham Jail
- Unlocking Us with Brené Brown
- Ibram X. Kendi on How to Be an Antiracist
- Serial Season 3
- Be the Bridge Collective
Recommended PLNU Resources
30-Day #DoTheWork Resources From PLNU CJR
Join PLNU’s Center for Justice and Reconciliation in a free 30 day #DoTheWork challenge to dismantle white supremacy, learn to be anti-racist, and work to become allies.View the Daily Resources
PLNU Black Student Union & MOSAIC Conversation
Alesia Wright, President of Black Student Union at PLNU, and Sam Kwapong, Director of Multicultural and International Student Services at PLNU, hosted a virtual conversation on racial injustice, life at Loma, and what being part of MOSAIC (Multicultural Opportunities for Students Actively Involved in Community) clubs on campus means to them.Watch Now
Can You Hear it? That’s the Sound of Hope
Alum Orin Mozon shares his hope with us and the resolve he maintains to stand on the side of justice as history unfolds.Read Orin's Story
PLNU Official Statements
There is a need for more spaces to listen and learn — about the white supremacist systems PLNU operates in, about our blindspots and inherent biases, about the actionable ways we can root out systematic racism and oppression. There is also a need for different and better forms of anti-racist action and leadership at the university. This is the work we are committed to, not in word, but in action. This is also long-term work. It can not and should not be a limited-time exercise. It must be intentionally woven into our day-to-day actions, conversations, and operations. This will take time, and it will take all of us.
Our diversity leadership team, co-led by PLNU’s Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Jeffrey Carr, Dr. Jimi Valiente-Neighbours with the Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Family Sciences, Dr. Montague Williams from the School of Theology, and Kim Berry Jones from the Center of Justice and Reconciliation, are reviewing PLNU’s policies, culture, and community as it relates to racial justice. While we continue to plan tangible action steps, both immediate and long term, we continue to seek your feedback.
We appreciate the members of our PLNU community who have shared your voice to help our leadership in their ongoing work. We ask you to keep doing so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or commenting on social media.