RESOURCES FROM TALKING TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT RACE AND RACISM
- Use children's books that appropriately cover race or diversity. Click here for suggestions
- When you are discussing race and racism, ask open-ended questions, like "What do you think? or "How do you think that would make him/her/them feel?"
- Model the behavior of an ally or helper yourself.
- Don't be afraid to discuss race or introduce historical concepts even to young children. Studies have shown that infants recognize different races. Watch or read the transcript of this conversation hosted by EmbraceRace for more information
- Educate yourself first. Two suggested books were "Waking Up White"by Debbie Irving and "White Fragility"by Robin DiAngelo.
- Discuss current events such as the use of blackface. Here is an article from the Washington Post about how to explain blackface to children.
- Seek out integrated spaces, like public libraries and children's museums, for children to play and socialize with kids who may not look like them.