Talking to Your Kids About Race
The protests following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis have swept the country and the world, and dominated the news cycle. Seemingly every day there is a new protest or related event making headlines. As parents, it can be difficult to explain issues of race, racism, and injustice to children because of the gravity of the subjects. However, it is critical to explain these issues to children through education, especially for parents of white children. The good news is you don’t have to do it alone! Resources are available to help parents tackle the issues of race and racism. I have compiled a list of resources to help you get the conversations started:
- Life Kit podcast: "Talking Race with Young Children"
Great tips from Life Kit about talking race with young children. One great piece of advice is to never shut down conversations about race. Always engage!
- Life Kit podcast: "How White Parents Can Talk to Their Kids About Race"
In this interview Michel Martin interviews author Jennifer Harvey, author of ‘Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America.’
- "Something Happened In Our Town" read-aloud video
A story of how two families responded to racial injustice.
- "Talking to kids about discrimination"
This article was written by psychologists from the American Psychological Association, and explains why it is important to talk about race, and offers helpful approaches on how to accomplish this.
- Resource list from the Center for Racial Justice in Education
If you are looking for additional resources the Center for Racial Justice in Education has provided a robust list for talking to kids about racism. Dig in!
This list provides insightful resources that will help to ensure parents are more confident and energized when talking with their kids about race and racism.
-Elliot Stapleton, Library Associate
June 19, 2020