Message from the Director
The Boniuk Institute’s mission begins with religious tolerance, but that is not where it ends. Religious intolerance does not exist in a vacuum: it is systemic, as is racism. As of 2018, over 80% of hate crimes worldwide are committed against religious and racial minorities. With our partners, we address racism, religious intolerance, and other injustices through education, leadership training, and research. In addition to the resources on religious literacy and tolerance that you can find through our website, we have also compiled a list of resources (below) to learn more about what is happening and how we can work together to curb religious, racial, and other injustices. Please join us in this important work.
Racial injustice has been amplified during COVID-19.
- Racial Equity Tools - COVID-19 Racial Equity & Social Justice Resources
These injustices surface at work, including remote work, and in daily life.
- Black Lives Matter (research guide created by Rice University's Fondren Library)
- Remote DEI Toolkit - Virtual Workplace Culture and White Identity
- CNN - There's One Epidemic We May Never Find a Vaccine for: Fear of Black Men in Public Spaces
- Charis Books & More - Understanding and Dismantling Racism: A Book List for White Readers
- Awaken - 30+ Ways Asians Perpetuate Anti-Black Racism Everyday
Understanding the historical contours of the present moment is important.
- Fact Sheet: Opposition to Places of Worship
- How the Past Echoes in the Protests: A Historian's Recommended Reads
- Anti-Racist Resources and Reading Lists
- Extraordinary Long-Reads on Race & Anti-Black Racism
Listen, Understand, Act
Building skills to have an empathic, civil dialogue on justice issues in public, at school and at work is also critical.
Pause & Listen
Dialogue to Understand
- National Museum of African American History & Culture - Talking About Race
- Cult of Pedagogy - How One District Learned to Talk About Race
- One Being - Who Will We Be To Eachother?
- The Aspen Institute - The Better Arguments Project
- Eric Deggans - How To Talk About Race (part 1)
- New Impact - The 8 R's of Talking About Race: How to Have Meaningful Conversations
Manage Conflict, Build Understanding
- The Management Center - How to Manage When Things Are Not Okay (And Haven't Been for Centuries)
- Remote DEI Toolkit - Embrace Conflict with Proactive Checkpoints
- Remote.co - 4 Ways to Work Through Conflict on Remote Teams
- IOBY - A Guide to Racial Justice Projects
- Diversity Facilitators at Rice University - Action Items for Allies
- Medium - 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice
- Awaken - 20+ Allyship Actions for Asians to Show Up for the Black Community Right Now
- American Psychological Association - Building Your Resilience
- Psychology Today - Radical Self-Care in the Face of Mounting Racial Stress
- Anxiety.org - The Link Between Experiences of Racism and Stress and Anxiety for Black Americans: A Mindfulness and Acceptance-Based Coping Approach
- National Alliance on Mental Illness - NAMI's Statement on Recent Racist Incidents and Mental Health Resources for African Americans
Work With Youth, Families & Educators
Since 2016, bullying, intolerance and violence have increased on American college campuses, and toward racial, religious and sexual minorities in middle and high schools*. Below are curated resource guides for students, parents and educators which may help dampen these trends.
- Sharable Anti-racism Resource Guide
- Resource Guide for White Teachers & Parents Developing Racial Consciousness and Moving into Action
- An Educators Guide to This Moment: Resources for Educators, Parents & Students
- Interfaith Youth Core - How to Weave Worldview into Online Orientation
How Others Are Responding
The call to social justice is central to many faith and philosophical traditions. Below are examples of how people inspired by these traditions are responding to racial injustices.
- AP News - Amid Protests, US Faith Leaders Engage Racism and Politics
- Reuters - After George Floyd's Death, a Groundswell of Religious Activism
- Religion News Service - Faith-Driven Activism is Pushing this California County to Declare Racism a Public Health Crisis
- NPR - 'Breathe, Pray, Meditate': Born From Resistance, Black Churches Now Leading In Crisis
- Time - Pope Francis Sends Strong Message to US Catholics After George Floyd's Death
- Religion News Service - Prayer is Essential. Protest is Required. Policy is Necessary
- The Guardian - Church of England Accused of 'Utter Hypocrisy' Over Backing for Black Lives Matter
- NPR - Evangelical Christians Grapple with Racism as a Sin
- Union for Reform Judaism - Black Lives Matter is a Jewish Value
- The Forward - How New York's Haredim are Responding to George Floyd Protests
- The New York Times - How to Feed Crowds in a Protest or Pandemic? The Sikhs Know
- Al Jazeera - US Muslims Join Calls for Police Reforms in Wake of Floyd Killing
- Insider - I'm a Black American Muslim. After the Killing of George Floyd, I Hope That My Community Will Speak Out Against Injustices Faced by Black People
- Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative
- Saalt - Racial Justice
- Religion News Service - Facebook, Instagram Unblock #Sikh Hashtag Amid 1984 Massacre Remembrance
- Interfaith Youth Core - Racial Justice, Interfaith Cooperation, and Black Lives Matter