EXPLAINED: The Truth About Critical Race Theory and How It Shows Up in Your Child’s Classroom This engaging and informative article discusses what CRT is, from whence it originates, and how it shows up in your child's classroom. It's really not the big bad wolf that some would like you to believe it is. Floyd, Chauvin, and Trauma in Communities of Color The murder of George Floyd. The Derek Chauvin trial. The recent rise in bias and violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. These are heavy, challenging times for us all, but particularly our communities of color. Education Minnesota has compiled the following lists of resources for educators and parents to help children and adolescents cope and process these and other traumatic events.
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 in times of crisis.
Get Trained to End Harassment!
Hollaback is an awesome nonprofit working to end harassment — in all its forms. They believe that everyone deserves the resources to respond to, prevent, and intervene in instances of harassment. Therefore, they provide both customized and free anti-harassment training experiences. They have some strong free training sessions scheduled for March-May 2021. Many of them speak specifically to Asian American discrimination. Check them out!
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 that they say is also appropriate for all children. The next workshop is Thursday, February 11, 18 & 25, 2021:
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.
Coming Together: Talking to Children About Race and Identity Designed to provide families with the tools they need to build racial literacy, to have open conversations with young children, to engage allies and advocates to become upstanders against racism, and more, Coming Together is rooted in extensive research and consultation with experts to develop a groundbreaking Racial Justice educational framework and curriculum for young children. The site's new ‘ABCs of Racial Literacy’ resources, launched in March 2021, are designed to help all families celebrate their own unique identities while also providing age-appropriate language and strategies to answer sometimes-tough questions around race and racism. Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit media and educational organization behind Sesame Street. All Sesame Workshop resources are free and available in English and Spanish.
Carlos Museum Resource - SmARTy Packs
SmARTy Packs are filled with hands-on activities and engaging ways for families to explore Carlos galleries together, and they're available to check out from the information desk on Level One at no charge. They've also adapted several of SmARTy Packs for use outside the gallery.
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
LGBTQ+ Read Alouds
Check out the beautiful virtual bookshelves with read-alouds of books that feature LGBTQ+ characters and storylines. (Created by two school librarians from Toronto!)
Children’s Books to Support Conversations on Race, Racism, and Resistance
Tip Sheets: For Talking with Kids About Race:
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
Digital Resources to Experience With Your Child
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.
What Is The Difference Between a Refugee, a Migrant, an Immigrant, and an Asylum Seeker? - by Kim Mack
This is a brief but informative article explaining the differences and reminding us that names have meaning. Parents can discuss this information with both young children and teens and examine the ways in which different names have differing connotations.
Things for Parents and Caretakers to Think About
How do I make sure I'm not raising the next 'Amy Cooper'?
EmbraceRace had a conversation with Dr. Jennifer Harvey, about what the parents of White children, in particular, can do to ensure they're not raising white children who are quick to call the police on Black and Indigenous people and people of color.
They’re Not Too Young to Learn About Race
One-pager discussing why children are never too young to learn about race.
The 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.
Confronting Prejudice: How to Protect Yourself and Help Others
This resource from Pepperdine University educates readers on the prevalence of prejudice and implicit bias in society, including information about which marginalized groups are most likely to be harmed by prejudice. The resource features information about how one can be an ally and advocate for change, as well as how people experiencing discrimination can build resilience against these types of behaviors.
How to Talk to Your Children About Bias and Prejudice
Parents' questions and suggested answers about bias and prejudice.
6 Reasons 'All Lives Matter' Doesn't Work
Trying to understand the difference between "Black Lives Matter" and "All Lives Matter"? Try one of these six metaphors.
Your 5-year-old is already racially biased. Here’s what you can do about it.
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.
The Top 5 Reasons Well-Meaning White Parents Do Not Discuss Race With Their White Children
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."
Managing Strong Emotional Reactions to Traumatic Events: Tips for Families and Teachers
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.
10 Simple Ways White People Can Step Up to Fight Everyday Racism
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.
Stand Against Hatred
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.
How to be a Real Ally to People of Color
Put down the performative allyship and get real.
What is Systemic Racism (Race Forward Video Series)
Embrace Race: Raising a Brave Generation
their children’s books filter includes a variety of book lists:
Mother of Transgender Child Shares Powerful Message
Hearing multiple perspectives of varied experiences builds empathy and acceptance. Here, a mother of an elementary student details her family's journey during their son's transition.
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 the 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 York, 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 a 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 any of 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!
Don't Just Read or Watch - Reflect and Act!
As you explore the experiences on this resource page, there are some critical questions to simultaneously ponder about equity that will help you grow, process, and take action:
§ What does what I've learned have to do with me?
§ How can I explain these concepts to my children and other young people?
§ What emotions are conjured up as I read? What’s that about?
§ What can I change about my daily behavior, relationships, policies?
§ How do I take this new learning past pontificating and theorizing?
§ How does this information connect with previous things that I’ve learned?
§ How much more is there to learn?
§ Who can I share this with?
§ Can I form a racial affinity group?
§ How can I lead my friends, family, and peers in taking up this work?
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