As many of you who follow our work already know, our family lives and works in South Minneapolis. This week our city has been on fire in the wake of the brutal murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. In reality our city has been burning for a long time.
This is happening in our neighborhood and our city. But the pain – both its long roots and current uprising – is not unique to Minneapolis. We all have a long and important road ahead of us and children and youth need us to connect, listen, talk, support, share power, and model what racial justice, repair, and reparations looks like in action.
We are committed to not retreating from the brutal complexity of this moment and to find ways to take action and parent and teach with courage. It is clear over and over and over again that raising courageous and connected kids means talking about race, racism, and white supremacy and giving kids age appropriate tools to spot it and disrupt it in our beliefs, behaviors, systems, and institutions. This is especially the work and responsibility of white bodied parents and caregivers.
This is by no means an exhaustive list. At this time we are not creating new resources. Instead we are focused on our community offline and on amplifying the work and platforms of other leaders, especially Black voices. More soon. This work is never done.
- Talking to Kids about Racism Blog – American Academy of Pediatrics
- Talking About Race – National Museum of African American History and Culture
- 31 Children’s Books To Support Conversations About Race, Racism, and Resistance – Embrace Race
- Supporting Kids of Color in the Wake of Racialized Violence – Embrace Race
- How to Talk To Kids About Race, Racism, and Police Violence – WBUR featuring co-founders of Embrace Race
- Anti-Racism Resources for All Ages – Augusta Baker Chair at the University of South Carolina
- What Is Black? – Dr. Jacqueline Douge
- Raising White Kids – Integrated Schools podcast with Jennifer Harvey
- How to Talk To Your Children About Protests and Racism – Featuring Van Jones, Dr. Nia Heard-Garris, Dr. Jacqueline Dougé & Dr. Rhea Boyd
- Traumatic Experiences – Sesame Street in Communities
- How to Talk Honestly With Children About Racism – PBS Kids
- A Message to White Parents – Talk to Children About Race and Racism – Spark & Stitch Institute
- Why White Parents Need to Do More Than Talk to Kids About Racism – Margaret Hagerman
Recordings of live sessions about anti-racism in parenting:
- Parenting in Support of Black Lives: How to Build a Just Future for Kids – Common Sense Media session with Allison Briscoe Smith, Ibram X. Kendi, and Julie Lythcott-Haims.
- NickNews Presents: Kids, Race, and Unity – With Alicia Keyes and Ibram X. Kendi
- CNN and Sesame Street – Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism – A Town Hall
- CASEL CARES: Owning Your Power to Raise Kids Who Challenge Racism – With Dr. Deborah Rivas-Drake and Dr. Bloodine Barthelus