Updated: Sep 17, 2020
Dear Friends, friends of Friends, and others,
We are extremely excited to announce our forthcoming Pendle Hill pamphlet, “Race, Systemic Violence, and Retrospective Justice,” in which an African American Quaker scholar-activist challenges traditional narratives. The pamphlet is now available for pre-order through the Pendle Hill Bookstore before its 6 October release date!
You may pre-order the pamphlet through this link: https://pendlehill.org/product/race-systemic-violence-and-retrospective-justice/
In “Race, Systemic Violence, and Retrospective Justice,” BlackQuaker Project Director Dr. Harold D. Weaver, Jr., asks Friends and others to look at societal problems through new lenses and to take new actions:
Confronting systemic violence with antiviolence, not merely with non-violence.
Acknowledging and dealing with institutional and systemic racism, rather than merely individual racism.
Adopting a retrospective justice (reparations) program that compensates for and helps remove the historical inequities and inhumanity related to the trans-Atlantic slave trade, chattel slavery, and their legacies: Jim Crowism, legal segregation and discrimination, and other forms of dehumanization and exploitation, including police brutality and the school-to-prison pipeline, among many.
Eliminating our misuse of the term “racism”.
Our unjust world is maintained by misinformation and disinformation in the media, formal education, scholarship, and political discourse. Dr. Weaver lays out steps and queries to guide Friends and others to begin addressing these concerns in the wider world.
Going beyond the explicit views expressed in the pamphlet, why would Dr. Weaver feel that the present acronym for Quaker testimonies--SPICES--is inadequate, perhaps even inaccurate?
Please consider pre-ordering our pamphlet! We will be sharing excerpts and graphics each week for the next month and a half as we approach and pass the pamphlet’s release date. We look forward to sharing this publication with everyone interested!
-- The BlackQuaker Project