As people of faith, we claim that all are beloved children of God. We also confess that we and the systems we participate in and benefit from have not always treated everyone with that truth. As parents and grandparents, it is critical that we have open and honest conversations about race and justice with our children and grandchildren.
Use these resources to not only engage your children, but also to increase your own understanding and awareness.
Anti-Racist Key Parenting Actions - excellent examples of what to say to your children and how to say it. Also important information on how to be any ally.
How to Talk to Kids About Race and Racism (Parent Toolkit)
The steps (broken down in the article):
Actually talk about it
Set the example
Navigate their curiosity
Make it relatable
Be an advocate
Talking About Race (National Museum of African American History & Culture)
Help your child understand what race is, how it operates in society, and why race in America is important. Includes excellent videos to share with youth or use in your own learning.
Resources on Talking to Your Children about Social Justice (Children's Community School). Download this graphic - "They're Not Too Young to Talk About Race!"
Developmentally appropriate ways to talk about racism and police brutality.
Talking About Race: Resource Roundup (Pretty Good)
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack (Peggy McIntosh)
The 1619 Project (New York Times Magazine)
Re-examine the legacy of slavery in the US (also a podcast below)
Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America by Jennifer Harvey (plus - check out the NPR interview with Jennifer Harvey below)
Essential Reading for Fighting Racism (Buzzfeed News)
Book recommendations for adults
Books on Racial Justice from the PC(USA) Store
Integrated Schools podcast episode
Talking Race with Young Children (NPR) - especially for parents of young children
How to Deconstruct Racism, One Headline at a Time (TED, 17 minutes)
Being Anti-Racist: A Primer (Video by Synod of Mid-America, PCUSA, 10 minutes)
Watch a conversation between a mom and her child about justice, black lives matter, and police brutality
1619 Podcast (New York Times)
Code Switch (NPR) - contemporary news viewed through the lens of race and identity
MOVIES/SERIES with links to reviews from Common Sense Media
Just Mercy (PG-13) - available to rent for free for the month of June from Amazon
The Hate U Give (PG-13)
ESPECIALLY FOR CHILDREN/YOUTH
Town Hall on Racism - Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism (CNN/Sesame Street)
What is Biblical Justice? (The Bible Project, older children and youth)
Systemic Racism Explained (video, 4 minutes)
Black Lives Matter: Videos for Kids (excellent playlist of videos for children and youth)
Privilege (video, 4 minutes)
Talking to Kids about Protesting (video of two books that explain what protesting is and why it is important, 14 minutes)
Books can be an effective way to initiate conversations about race with children and youth.
NEW! Native American Children's Books (firstnations.org)
Children's Book List (embracerace.org) - books primarily for ages 12 and under
New! Native American Children's Books (firstnations.org)
Anti-Racist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi - board book
22 Books About Hate and Prejudice (Parents' Choice Foundation) - includes selections for children as well as teens
A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramee (ages 8+)
Book List for young children, elementary, youth, and adults
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi (youth)