Equity Resources for Home
THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR CHILD - Some resources for talking with youth about race, racism, and anti-racism. This is a lifelong effort, not just what we do at times of crisis.
During this time of crisis and change, many are home with children of all ages. If you are looking for books to read, ADL’s collection address issues of identity, bias and bullying. Their featured books come with discussion guides for teachers and parents
100 Race-Conscious Things You Can Say to Your Child To Advance Racial Justice
In honor of Raising Race Conscious Children’s 100th post, this list lifts a quote from each and every blog post to date, modeling language that has actually been used in a conversation with a child regarding race (and other identity-markers such as gender and class).
Workshop: Raising White Anti-Racist Children
The Center for the Study of White American Culture, which is a multiracial anti-racist organization, offers an online workshop on that they say is also appropriate for all children. Next workshop starts Sept. 16, 2020: http://www.euroamerican.org/default.asp
CNN/Sesame Street Racism Town Hall - Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism
CNN's Van Jones and Erica Hill partner with "Sesame Street" for Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism, a town hall for kids and families. Watch the town hall in its entirety at the link below.
Beyond the Golden Rule: A Parent's Guide to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice
written by Dana Williams, illustrations by Vincent Nguyen, a Teaching Tolerance publication, Jan. 2010. https://www.tolerance.org/sites/default/files/general/beyond_golden_rule.pdf
Happy Pride Month!
Check out the beautiful virtual bookshelves with read-alouds of books that feature LGBTQ+ characters and storylines. (Created by two school librarians from Toronto!)
26 Children’s Books to Support Conversations on Race, Racism, and Resistance
Tip Sheets: For Talking with Kids About Race: https://www.embracerace.org/tip-sheets.html
My Reflection Matters (MRM)
This website offers online parent-teacher educational resources to support the healthy development of Black and Brown youths' racial and cultural identities.
Resources for Talking about Race, Racism, and Racialized Violence with Kids
A list of links to multiple resources from The Center for Racial Justice in Education
Relevant Autobiographies to Read With Your Child
- “When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir” by Patrisse Cullors and ashe bandele
- “Vernon Can Read!: A Memoir” by Vernon E. Jordan, Jr.
- “Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement” By John Lewis and Michael D’Orso
- "March" (Graphic Novel Trilogy) by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
Digital Resources to Experience With Your Child
- Code Switch is an NPR podcast created by “a multi-racial, multi-generational team of journalists” that covers overlapping themes of race, ethnicity and culture and how they play out in our lives and communities.
- 1619 is a podcast series from New York Times journalist Nikole Hannah Jones that connects “past and present” by examining “the long shadow of American slavery.”
- Say It Loud is “a PBS Digital Studios series that celebrates Black culture, context, and history.”
Get Free - Hip Hop Civics Ed.
This is an excellent book list curated by award-winning UGA scholar Bettina Love. Her suggestions are sorted by grade/age level.
THINGS FOR PARENTS & CARETAKERS TO THINK ABOUT
One-pager discussing why children are never too young to learn about race.
The #IAMNOTAVIRUS campaign is a photography and storytelling series which challenges negative perceptions of AAPI individuals surrounding the COVID-19 crisis. You can request an appointment to share your story, be photographed, or report a hate incident to the campaign.
Parents' questions and suggested answers about bias and prejudice.
Trying to understand the difference between "Black Lives Matter" and "All Lives Matter"? Try one of these six metaphors.
a lot of us believe that children, especially White children, are racial innocents — completely naive, curiously fragile with respect to the realities of race, or both. The truth is that well before their teen years, the vast majority of children are well aware of prevailing biases, and most kids, of all racial stripes, have taken on a bunch of their own.
This is a post for well-meaning white parents of white children, in which, the author cuts straight to the point. "The time to ask, “what can I do?” in response to the overt and insidious forms of racism and violence against Black and brown people is over. White silence = violence."
When a large-scale traumatic event, such as COVID-19 occurs, it can cause strong and deeply felt reactions in adults and children. How adults express their emotions will influence the reactions of children and youth. This website provides suggestions for modeling healthy coping strategies and closely monitoring you own emotional state as well as that of those in your care.
For too long, White people have only heard about racism in the context of what not to do, but rarely, if ever, have they heard about how they can be proactive about the issue. This site provides information about steady, even simple steps for White people towards becoming allies in the fight against racial inequality, not merely bystanders — or worse, perpetrators.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice is a proud partner of Communities Against Hate, a diverse coalition coming together for the first time across communities to document hate and demand action.
Put down the performative allyship and get real.
What is Systemic Racism (Race Forward Video Series)
their children’s books filter includes a variety of book lists:
THINGS TO READ TO LEARN MORE ABOUT EQUITY, DIVERSITY, INCLUSION, SOCIAL JUSTICE, AND ANTI-RACISM
Reading Is Only a Step on the Path to Anti-Racism
At this moment in history, there are literally hundreds of reading lists floating around with the goal of espousing anti-racism, Black history, and issues of social justice. Yet, just reading without acknowledging historical context and your own personal experience is merely indulging a trendy topic, or assuaging your guilt. It's great that you want to make a change, but reading alone won't get you there.
- Just reading allows you to check a box and say, “all done, I’m anti-racist!” or “not all white people do that,” or “not all cops are bad.”
- Just reading gives you the false confidence to doubt your BIPOC colleagues, instead of accepting the painful truths about their experiences.
- Just reading absolves you from doing the real work - it's only informing yourself regarding the key points and demands of anti-racism.
- Just reading encourages performative gestures of outrage and solidarity and perpetuates the actual problem of systemic oppression.
- Just reading allows you to remain emotional about racism.
To be sure, reading is an important first step, but, anti-racism is a long game. The author of this article challenges you to go the distance, to do the real work of becoming anti-racist. So, how can you approach the hard work of becoming anti-racist? Start by reading this article before (or as) you read the books listed below.
ADL (1997). What to Tell Your Children about Prejudice and Discrimination. 1997. New York, NY & Chicago, IL: Anti-Defamation League and the National Parent Teacher’s Association.
This pamphlet, available in either English or Spanish, gives practical suggestions for parents to help their children appreciate diversity.
**Arnow, J. (1995). Teaching Peace: How to Raise Children to Live in Harmony – Without Fear, Without Prejudice, Without Violence. New York, NY: Perigee Books.
In this hands-on guide, the author explains to parents how to prevent prejudice and conflict while teaching children the importance of respecting all people.
Brooks, B.A., and Siegel, P.M. (1996). The Scared Child: Helping Kids Overcome Traumatic Events. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons.
This guide begins by introducing the concept of trauma and its effects on people. The second section consists of a four-step debriefing process parents can use to help children cope with a traumatic event.
Bullard, S. (1996). Teaching Tolerance: Raising Open-Minded, Empathetic Children. New York, NY: Doubleday.
This is a guide for parents on ways to examine their own attitudes about diversity and foster tolerance and unbiased attitudes in their children.
Cohen-Posey, K. (1995). How to Handle Bullies, Teasers and Other Meanies: A Book That Takes the Nuisance Out of Name-Calling and Other Nonsense. Newark, DE: Rainbow Books.
This parent-child resource gives practical information and exercises on name-calling, prejudice, anger, and dangerous situations.
**Cohn, J. (1996). Raising Compassionate, Courageous Children in a Violent World. Atlanta, GA: Longstreet Press.
This book includes stories of children, parents, families, and communities overcoming fear and apathy to help others. Also included are research-based parenting techniques for fostering caring, helpful children.
**Di Angelo, R. (2019). White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism. New York, NY: Penguin.
This book provides a rare and incisive examination of the system of white body supremacy that binds us all as Americans. . . . With authenticity and clarity, Dr. Di Angelo provides the antidote to white fragility and a road map for developing white racial stamina and humility.
**Hagerman, M. A. (2018). White Kids: Growing Up With Privilege in a Racially Divided America. New Youk, NY: NYU Press.
White Kids, based on two years of research involving in-depth interviews with white kids and their families, is a clear-eyed and sometimes shocking account of how white kids learn about race. In doing so, this book explores questions such as, “How do white kids learn about race when they grow up in families that do not talk openly about race or acknowledge its impact?” and “What about children growing up in families with parents who consider themselves to be ‘anti-racist’?”
**Kendi, I.X. (2016). Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. New Your, NY: Hachette.
With a primary focus on racism toward African-Americans and people identified as Black, this National Book Award Winner is a thoroughly researched, sweepingly comprehensive survey of racism from its first traceable roots in ancient Greece when Aristotle said Africans had “burnt faces” to the start of the African slave trade in 15th century Europe, to the first recorded slave ship arriving in colonial America in 1619, all the way through the Civil War, the Jim Crow laws, the 1960s Civil Rights movement, and up to the present day.
**Mathias, B., and French, M.A. (1996). 40 Ways to Raise a Nonracist Child. New York, NY: HarperCollins.
Divided into five age-related sections, ranging from preschool to the teenage years, this book provides helpful and practical ways parents can teach their children to value fairness and equity by modeling these principles themselves in their daily lives.
**Oluo, I. (2019). So You Want to Talk About Race. Seal Press.
Reddy, M. (1994). Crossing the Color Line: Race, Parenting, and Culture. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
Moving from memoir to theory, to literary analysis, to interviews with friends, this author shares her thoughts and experiences raising African American children in predominately White society.
**Reddy, M. (1996). Everyday Acts Against Racism: Raising Children in a Multicultural World. Seattle, WA: Seal Press.
Twenty essays in this book, written by women of various cultural backgrounds, provide practical suggestions for teaching children how to oppose racism.
**Saad, L. F & Di Angelo, R. (2020). Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor. Sourcebooks.
For readers of White Fragility, White Rage, So You Want To Talk About Race, The New Jim Crow, How to Be an Anti-Racist, and more, who are ready to closely examine their own beliefs and biases and do the work it will take to create social change.
Stern, C., and Bettmann, E.H. (2000). Hate Hurts: How Children Learn and Unlearn Prejudice. New York, NY: Scholastic.
A guide for parents, other caregivers, teachers, and children with advice for adults about helping children who have been targeted by hate and about raising and educating children to be respectful and caring citizens.
Please consider purchasing these books from one of our local bookstores including:
Brave + Kind Bookshop: https://www.braveandkindbooks.com/
Charis Books and more: https://www.charisbooksandmore.com/
Little Shop of Stories: https://littleshopofstories.com/
*Our local book stores have additional recommendations regarding these topics.
** Our Equity Coordinator thinks this book is great!
This work is complicated and twisty and involves balancing a whole lot of stuff. But if things are going to change, if things six months from now are not going to look just like six months ago, then there is hard work to do.
-Peter Greene - Curmuducation: Six Months from Now