The Little Book of Racial Healing
Coming to the Table for Truth-Telling, Liberation, and Transformation
Thomas Norman DeWolf, Jodie Geddes
This book introduces Coming to the Table’s approach to a continuously evolving set of purposeful theories, ideas, experiments, guidelines, and intentions, all dedicated to facilitating racial healing and transformation.
People of color, relative to white people, fall on the negative side of virtually all measurable social indicators. The “living wound” is seen in the significant disparities in average household wealth, unemployment and poverty rates, infant mortality rates, access to healthcare and life expectancy, education, housing, and treatment within, and by, the criminal justice system.
Coming to the Table (CTTT) was born in 2006 when two dozen descendants from both sides of the system of enslavement gathered together at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), in collaboration with the Center for Justice & Peacebuilding (CJP). Stories were shared and friendships began. The participants began to envision a more connected and truthful world that would address the unresolved and persistent effects of the historic institution of slavery. This Little Book shares Coming to the Table’s vision for the United States—a vision of a just and truthful society that acknowledges and seeks to heal from the racial wounds of the past. Readers will learn practical skills for better listening; discover tips for building authentic, accountable relationships; and will find specific and varied ideas for taking action. The table of contents includes:
- Chapter 1: Introduction
- Chapter 2: Trauma Awareness and Resilience
- Chapter 3: Restorative Justice
- Chapter 4: Uncovering History
- Chapter 5: Making Connections
- Chapter 6: Circles, Touchstones, and Values
- Chapter 7: Working Toward Healing
- Chapter 8: Taking Action
- Chapter 9: Liberation and Transformation
And subject include Unresolved Trauma, Brown v. Board of Education, Lynching, Connecting with Your Own Story, Wht Healing Looks Like, Engage Your Community, and much more.