Wednesday, 17 June 2020 13:56

Talking About Racism

Written by  Joe Hilton

“Keep It Simple”

Tips for Talking about Racism 

1) Start off by asking your children if/what they have heard 

2) Racism- define it – simply put you can say “people are treated differently due to the color of their skin" 

3) For “white” families the current thinking is that children need to be taught about their privilege and become up standers to injustice

4) If while you are talking about the issue of racism your child says something racist- don’t get angry – be curious- ask them why they said that or where they got that idea- 

5) With older kids you can talk about how education, poverty and limited opportunities are related to racism as well.

Tips for Talking about Riots 

1) Assuring your child’s safety is top priority- 

2) Letting them know that while images and thoughts of looting and rioting are very scary, the reality is that the areas in which they are occurring are typically limited – 

3) Focus on the opportunity to discuss much needed change in the country and how your family can be a part of the change for good.

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A Kids Book About Racism  by Jelani Memory

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Who Was Rosa Parks? by Yona Zeldis McDonough

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Topics to Explore:

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