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Talking to Kids About Racism

An Open Letter To My Fellow White, Liberal Parents

Rachael Quinn Egan | Posted 09.19.2014 | Parents
Rachael Quinn Egan

If you really want to join that golf club, and feel that it's OK because there is one rich black family there, please work harder. If you chose to send your children to a school which only has one rich black family, one Hispanic child with a scholarship, and three Asian kids, please work harder.

A Little White Girl's First Experience Of Racism

Amanda Smear Baudier | Posted 08.21.2014 | Parents
Amanda Smear Baudier

"Mrs. W, hi this is Amanda. I strangled Jamie too. We were just playing a scene from The Simpsons. They only got him in trouble and not me because he's Black."

The Startlingly Profound (Yet Simple) Question My Daughter Asked About Racism

Jennifer Harvey | Posted 06.23.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Harvey

Underneath the messages we want to teach our kids to learn to unpack (and which we need to get better at unpacking with them) is the simple reality that we're talking about respect of human beings. Respecting what actual people tell us hurts or not, harms or not.

Reading To Kill a Mockingbird With My Daughter

Mary Beth Holcomb | Posted 06.22.2014 | Parents
Mary Beth Holcomb

Her voice carried the panic of a swimmer recognizing the undertow too late. She thrashed against the words, terrified of drowning in them.

An Open Letter To Parents Of White Children

Jennifer Harvey | Posted 10.13.2013 | Parents
Jennifer Harvey

We don't assume pat answers are adequate for enabling our children to learn to navigate relationships, nutrition, sexuality, religion, emotions or any other challenging reality. Why should race and racism be any different?

Teaching Children About Race and Cultural Differences: Thoughts and Advice From Two Mothers

Patricia Leavy, PhD | Posted 08.06.2013 | Black Voices
Patricia Leavy, PhD

We cannot and will not ever have control over what our children are exposed to outside of our homes. But we do have a lot of control over what we communicate with and model for our children.

37 Books That Teach Kids About Race

Kristen Howerton | Posted 04.30.2013 | Parents
Kristen Howerton

As Black History Month comes to a close, I thought I would share some resources for talking to kids about racism, in terms of both the historical context of our country and the present-day issues of prejudice.