Talking to Children About Race
Parents must engage their children of any age in a conversation about what the current civil rights movement means for the country and for them. Historical context is important but it is also important to reassure young people that they are safe and everything will be okay. That includes growing and learning together and that we are richer when we are more inclusive.
- Your Kids Aren't Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup: Explore how to talk to your child about race.
- The Top 5 Reasons Well Meaning White Parents Do Not Discuss Race With Their White Children: Wondering why some parents are hesitant to speak about race with their children? Explore this article.
- 'Mom, Why Don't You Have Any Black Friends?': "Before you talk to your children about race, ask yourself this question"
- How to Raise an Anti-Racist Kid: New York Times writer shares her thoughts on how our children’s views of race are shaped by the books we read, the movies we watch, the friends we make, the doctors we visit and the conversations we have at home. (New York Times)
- What do we tell our children?: Wondering how to speak with young people about police brutality? This resource provides a guide on how to have that challenging conversation. (USA Today)
- RESOURCES FOR TALKING ABOUT RACE, RACISM AND RACIALIZED VIOLENCE WITH KIDS: This article presents a list of resources about speaking about race and racism with children, including educational examples, helpful links and more. (Center for Racial Justice in Education)
- How to talk to your kids about racism and the protests: It can be challenging to talk to your child about the racism occurring within the United States. Let this guide help. (Inquirer)
- How to talk to your children about protests and racism: Wondering how to approach the protests with your children? Explore this guide on how to explain the current climate and how it connects to larger systems of oppression. (CNN)
- Books to teach white children and teens how to undo racism and white supremacy: It’s not too early to explore the topic of white supremacy with your children. Use this book guide to help. (Charis Books)
- Talking to white kids about race & racism: Racism impacts everyone, including children. Explore this resource of approaching the topic with young people. (Safe Space Radio)
- Coretta Scott King book award winners: This book list supports conversations around race and racism for children. (Common Sense Media)
- 075: Five Pandemic Parenting Lessons with Cindy Wang Brandt: Explore these Pandemic Parenting tips that tackle issues of race and discrimination. (Cindy Wang Brandt)