The Work of Racial Justice Starts at Home

As two white women, we are on our own journey of learning and unlearning the systemic racism built into our country. We want to use our platform to share the voices and expertise of those who are on the front lines of the fight against racism. Our stance at RAISE is that it is essential to address conversations about race and racial justice with children at a young age and continually as they grow up.

Parents and teachers have the unique opportunity to teach children honestly about racism and racial justice from an early age to start to dismantle years of injustice. Many adults often feel nervous or unsure of what to say. Still, this is not an excuse to avoid the topic. Children pick up a lot from what we do NOT say or address. Think about the message you may be sending if you dodge those challenging questions. 

RAISE believes black lives matter and this work starts at home. It requires all of us to do some self-reflection before tackling it with our children. But tackle it we must. Please find an array of resources below to guide you in this work. We appreciate any other resources you may find and welcome comments below. The only way to make a change is to work together and hold each other accountable. 

Resources for Talking to Kids About Race and Racial Justice:

  1. Anti-Racism Resources and Books for Kids
  2. 100 Race-Conscious Things You Can Say to Your Child to Advance Racial Justice
  3. Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup
  4. CNN & Sesame Street: Town Hall Addressing Racism
  5. How To Talk to Kids About Race and Racism
  6. 75 Things White People Can Do For Racial Justice
  7. Talking About Race with Kids Website

Black Lives Matter

Recommended Picture Books:

  1. A Kids Book About Racism by Jelani Memory
  2. 20 Black Children’s Books by Black Authors
  3. 25 Fantastic Middle Grade Books By Black Authors
  4. You Matter by Christian Robinson 
  5. 30+ Books to Educate Kids and Teens About Race
  6. Social Justice Book List

 

Social Media Accounts to Follow:

  1. @booksofmelanin
  2. @theconsciouskid
  3. @blklivesmatter
  4. @embracingequity
  5. @colorofchange
  6. @ibramxk