Anti-Racism Book Study

Spring Mini-Session 2021
Anti-Racism Book Study



Over 40-million people in the United States are immigrants, persons born in another country. Of those, around 11-million are estimated to be undocumented. Jose Antonio Vargas is one such person. Having spent 25 years living as an undocumented citizen, Vargas shares what it is like to experience life “without papers” in this nation of immigrants. 

“This is not a book about the politics of immigration. This book––at its core––is not about immigration at all. This book is about homelessness, not in a traditional sense, but in the unsettled, unmoored psychological state that undocumented immigrants like myself find ourselves in. This book is about lying and being forced to lie to get by; about passing as an American and as a contributing citizen; about families, keeping them together, and having to make new ones when you can’t. This book is about constantly hiding from the government and, in the process, hiding from ourselves. This book is about what it means to not have a home”

   This Spring, the Anti-Racism Book Group will explore the experience of undocumented life through Vargas’ story and engage in conversation around what anti-racist actions, individually and collectively, we might pursue in response.

To participate, contact Rev. Ricky Harrison ([email protected]). This group will meet on Monday evenings from 5:30-7:00, in-person at the Outdoor Patio of the MAC Building at FUMC Decatur. Participants are expected to engage in the assigned reading each week in order to most fully participate in conversation.



Jose Antonio Vargas, “Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen” (Dey Street, 2019)


Reading & Meeting Schedule

Week 1- April 26: Lying

Reading: Vargas, Prologue, Note to Readers, & Part 1: Chs. 1-8 (Pgs. xi – 44)

Week 2 – May 3: Passing (Part 1)

Reading: Vargas, Part 2: Chs. 1-7 (Pgs. 45-88)

Week 3 – May 10: Passing (Part 2)

Reading: Vargas, Part 2: Chs. 8-17 (Pgs. 89-136)

Week 4- May 17: Passing (Part 3)

Reading: Vargas, Part 2: Chs. 18-21(Pgs. 137-174)

Week 5 – May 24: Hiding

Reading: Vargas, Part 3: Chs. 1-12 (Pgs. 175-230)


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