in the Face of Black Men
by Tod M. Ewing
Infinity Publishing, November 2009
Seeing Heaven in the Face of Black Men takes a unique look at the day to day realities that must be faced before America can become "post racial." Focusing on the Black/White divide, it calls for a profound and dramatic transformation of con-sciousness on the part of both groups. It challenges them (and all of us) to examine what it calls "the practicality of spirituality" as the vehicle for such transformation.
Spirituality, as defined in this book, is not connected to a particular religion. It is an inner quality and depth of consciousness that realizes interconnectedness with all humanity. When drawn upon, it impels us to act from our noble self. It also provides the strength to transform (not deny) the emotional pain and anger associated with race into the motivation, will, and strength to build unity and justice. Too often we admire that ability in others, yet fail to choose it for ourselves. The image of "heaven" is the very opposite of how Black men have been viewed historically. Therefore when we expect to, want to, and see heaven - i.e. dignity, honor, strength, and beauty - in the face of Black men, a profound milestone will have been reached in this country's journey toward racial unity and justice.
Stories of Racial Healing
by Phyllis and Eugene Unterschuetz
Baha'i Publishing, May 2010
A white couple’s true personal account of a ten-year journey that forced them to look honestly at their comfortable notions about race as they forged relationships with people of African descent. The authors describe uncomfortable and embarrassing situations, examine their mistakes and unconscious assumptions, and share with their readers what they have learned about being white.
They also share insights from Black friends and strangers who taught them to see beyond superficial theories and to confront the attitudes that have shaped how Americans think about race. But above all, their stories speak about the longing they discovered everywhere they traveled—a longing to connect and to heal from the racial separation that has so deeply wounded this country. The objective of these stories is to encourage white readers to form authentic interracial friendships, convince them that they will survive their inevitable mistakes, and empower them to look honestly at their own conditioning. It is hoped that the book will be used as a catalyst for discussion in any venue addressing the dynamics of race.