Jun 5, 2020
The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.
Long after the topic of racism stops trending, white people (including me) need to be actively anti-racist. Let's listen, learn, ask how we can support POC, and do the work to make our world, our country, and our communities places where children and adults of every color and religion feel safe and protected and are able to thrive.
They're Not Too Young to Talk About Race from the Children's Community School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
A guide to white privilege by Courtney Ahn Design
Unlocking Us: Brene Brown's interview with Ibram X. Kendi on How to be an Anti-Racist
Talking Race With Young Children (NPR)
Books I've read and highly recommend:
Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson
The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas
Real American, Julie Lythcott-Haims
Motherhood So White, Nefertiti Austin
Next on my "to read" list:
Books about Race & Racism (bookshop.org)
I shudder, do you? Julie Lythcott-Haims
Embrace Race Website: Let's raise a generation of children who are thoughtful, informed, and brave abut race. (podcast & website)
By age five, Black
and Hispanic children show no preference toward their own group
compared to Whites. On the other hand, White kids remain strongly
biased in favor of whiteness. By the start of
kindergarten, “children begin to show many of the same implicit
racial attitudes that adults in our culture hold. Children have
already learned to associate some groups with higher status, or
more positive value, than others.
-Andrew Grant-Thomas, Your 5 Year-Old is Already Racially Biased.
We have to eliminate the White
Savior role, which centers whiteness and portrays people
of color as victims. But white kids should know that they can play
an important support role when it comes to fighting racism.
Emphasize and prioritize the efforts of people of color, but
include white allies too, John Brown, Viola
Liuzzo, James Ian Tyson.
-Mia Birdsong, Lift Up The Freedom Fighters
Do you have Anti-Racist resources you'd like to see added to this post? Please comment and we'll add.