When we decided to address the issue of raising anti-racist kids, a recent tweet came to mind, which was shared by Jahna Riley, a Black mother and teacher, about a month ago. It has been retweeted 50,000 times, and it’s received 200,000 likes and 3,000 comments. She wrote, “Question for the white folks on my tl: What are you doing to make sure that you’re raising children who won’t kill mine?” What is important for white parents to recognize this week — and in the future — is that we shouldn’t put the responsibility on Black mothers and fathers to teach their children how to avoid being hurt or killed by the police, or any white person — we need to model anti-racism and instill anti-racist principles in our kids. It’s not enough to denounce racism; we must create change. (Note that raising kids to be “colorblind” is not the solution.)
That’s why we’ve rounded up many books and online resources today on raising your kids to be anti-racist. And if you haven’t seen it, check out our post on Corporette earlier this week — it has resources for educating yourself, donating money for bail funds, contacting your legislators to advocate for reforms, and so on. Readers: If you are white, how have you addressed racism and anti-racism with your kids? Do you have any resources to recommend?
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Resources for Parents on Teaching Anti-Racism
- Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America by Jennifer Harvey [Amazon; Bookshop]
- How to raise kids to be anti-racist — interview with Ibram X. Kendi [CBS This Morning]
- Racism and Violence: Using Your Power as a Parent to Support Children Aged Two to Five [Zero to Three]
- How do I make sure I’m not raising the next Amy Cooper? (video) [Embrace Race]
- How White Parents Can Use Media to Raise Anti-Racist Kids [Common Sense Media]
- 100 Race-Conscious Things You Can Say to Your Child to Advance Racial Justice [Raising Race Conscious Children]
- Talking Race With Young Children (podcast episode) [NPR]
- ‘Raising White Kids’ Author On How White Parents Can Talk About Race [NPR]
- 8 Tips for Talking to Your Child About Racial Injustice [Embrace Race]
- Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup [Pretty Good]
- George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. What do we tell our children? [USA Today]
Children’s Books That Teach About Racism
- Anti-Racist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi (board book) [Amazon; Bookshop]
- A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara [Amazon; Bookshop]
- Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice by Marianne Celano, PhD; Marietta Collins, PhD; Ann Hazzard, PhD (read-aloud video) [Amazon; Bookshop]
- Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney [Amazon; Bookshop]
- We’re Different, We’re the Same by Bobbi Kates [Amazon; Bookshop]
- All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold [Amazon; Bookshop]
- Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh (about a Mexican/Puerto Rican family) [Amazon (Kindle); Bookshop]
- Not My Idea: A Book about Whiteness by Anastasia Higginbotham [Amazon; Bookshop]
- Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi (for young adults) [Amazon; Bookshop]
- 31 children’s books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance [Embrace Race]
Please share your anti-racism resources in the comments! If your kids have been exposed to the news lately, how have you addressed it with them? Have you found any great resources on raising anti-racist kids?
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