Anti-Racist Learning – for Adults and Children
Growing Capacity for Conversations around Racism
- Expand capacity for courageous conversations about racism by Dr. Amanda Kemp
- Race Forward’s toolkit for talking about race
- An incredible example of the above ACT model (affirm, counter, transform) through Heather McGee’s wisdom
- Talking about race guide from the Smithsonian National African-American Museum (includes section about parenting)
- An incredible offering from award-winning DEI leader Mary-Frances Winters, Inclusive Conversations: Fostering Equity, Empathy, and Belonging Across Differences, is now available for pre-order (you can pre-order to a local bookstore). This book turns specific strategies and competencies to turn her theory into practice.
Resources for the Workplace
- The Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII) joins local health departments to create public health equity
- The Center for Equity & Inclusion is a consultant and expert in DEI work to create equitable outcomes
- Race Forward (formerly the Center for Social Inclusion) has many resources on structural racism and completing equity assessments for workspaces
- The Governmental Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) is a leader in transitioning governmental organizations from policies with implicit racial bias to anti-racist practices
- The Winters Group – POC leaders in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, including in corporate settings
- An incredible offering from award-winning DEI leader Mary-Frances Winters, Black Fatigue: How Racism Erodes the Mind, Body, and Spirit, was written in part for white people: “I ask white people to read this book not only to be educated on the history of racism but also to be motivated to become an antiracist, an ally, and a power broker for systemic change.” Pre-order this book today (you can pre-order to a local bookstore)!
Deeper Dive for Adults
- Learning and Action resources for Marin residents
- Anti-racism resources for white people (including books, podcasts, etc) by Sarah Sophie Flicker & Alyssa Klein
- A working document for scaffolding anti-racism resources by M. Div candidates: Anna Stamborski, Nikki Zimmermann, and Bailie Gregory.
- Resources to Engage with Anti Racism compiled Kaytee Fink, with up to date talks/interviews/ recommended reading from & with Activists from around the world.
- Resources for Accountability and Action for Black Lives by Clarisa Johnson
- An incredible video series from the Black Lives Matter Movement entitled “What Matters”
- Webinar on Intervention & White Nationalism from CRC & Allies and Accomplices
- Sign a petition to demand investment in Black communities to ensure Black people not only survive, but thrive, through defunding police
- Justice in June – make a daily commitment to becoming an active ally to the Black community by Autumn Gupta with Bryanna Wallace
- UC Berkeley’s Other and Belonging Institute has countless resources to learn, including regular free webinars
- On the characteristics of White Supremacy Culture and Antidotes from SURJ national
- Movement Generation’s Justice & Ecology Project webinars, upcoming June 16th & 30th
- A 2 part podcast with Ruth Wilson Gilmore on Abolition: “Where Life is Precious, Life is Precious” and “From Carceral Divestment to Community Reinvestment”
- Making meaning in this Moment with the Rising Majority and Movement for Black Lives
- Yale Open Course on African American History – free with taped lectures and syllabus
- A podcast on seeing whiteness by Scene on Radio host and producer John Biewen
- A child psychologist’s advice on talking to kids about racism and protests
- An age-by-age guide to how kids learn about race called Stages in Children’s Development of Racial and Cultural Identity & Attitudes
- Facing History offers teachers tools to help students learn about and prevent hatred and bigotry to prevent it
- Mosaic Project written resource: Action Guide for Families: 12 Tools & Tips for Taking Action Towards Social Change
- Forest Freedom School Info Session on June 16th, hosted by Abundant Beginnings
- Books for teaching Anti-Racism
- Confronting White Nationalism in Schools toolkit
- California Film Institute resources for Black lives for children
- Awareness and Action Summer Program for children, fee on a sliding scale
- Music for Racial Justice. Also see the Alphabet Rockers organization.
- Nicole Byer on talking to kids about racism.
- Soul Shoppe https://soulshoppe.org/centering-black-voices/
- Embrace Race https://www.embracerace.org
- See commentary on the most recent Sesame Street episode about race
- Advice from Ibram X Kendi on speaking with children about race.
- Animated Series on Something Happened in Our Town and book (online)
- 7 Reminders for White Parents Talking to Their Kids About Police Killing Black People
Raising race conscious children
Race-conscious parenting requires us to take our own blinders off first, so we can teach our children to be race conscious, not colorblind.
Race-conscious parenting starts with an understanding that we can’t know what we don’t know, because as white people we were not taught to think critically about race.
Race-conscious parenting works in opposition to, and seeks to dismantle, the colorblind framework that it is racist to notice race. It is our inattention to race that actually reinforces racial inequities.
Race-conscious parenting requires us to develop our own capacities to recognize and name race so that we can help our children start to develop anti-racist thinking and behaviors.
Race-conscious parenting looks for opportunities to engage in race talk on the daily, and not only at times of racial tension.
Race-conscious parenting encourages our children’s curiosity and questions about difference and race and helps them connect their internal feelings to the external realities of the world around them.
Race-conscious parenting also means naming whiteness, and understanding that we have a white racial identity, and that there are antiracist ways to be white.
Race-conscious parenting understands that racism hurts everyone, even white people, and that our liberation is intimately related to the liberation of people of color.
Race-conscious parenting understands that white supremacy is a problem for white people to solve and we can use our privileges to interrupt it.
Race-conscious parenting recognizes race as a system of power and understands the ways that this power is organized and distributed in our society.
By becoming race conscious and learning to recognize, name and interrupt racism, we can start doing the real work of dismantling it.
From Rooting In & Raising Up: Cultivating Race Consciousness in Children, One Conversation at a Time, a workshop from Red Lotus Consulting
Resources for White Parents Raising Antiracist Babies/Children
- Integrated Schools: Families Choosing Integration: https://integratedschools.org/podcasts/
- Highly recommend “Raising White Kids with Jennifer Harvey”: https://integratedschools.org/podcast/harvey/
- Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o
- Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena
- Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi
- I am Enough by Grace Byers
- SURJ Bay Area Youth and Families Group:
Here are some resources that were referenced in the workshop, “Interrupting White Supremacy at the Root”:
- Youth and Families Resource List
- Jen Harvey’s Chapter on Healthy White Children and Community Guide with Discussion Prompts
- Race Conscious Parenting Strategies Handout
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- Nurturing Brave Kids Who Seek Justice by Rebekah Gienapp: https://www.rebekahgienapp.com/anxiety-race/
- Instagram: #talkingtokidsaboutrace
“How To” Resources
- The Conscious Kid: https://www.theconsciouskid.org/
“An education, research, and policy organization dedicated to equity and promoting healthy racial identity development in youth. We support organizations, families, and educators in taking action to disrupt racism in young children.”
To honor the power, place, and importance of Black voices telling Black stories, this list features books written by Black authors. The majority (64%) of children’s books about Black people (and Black history) are written by white authors. White voices have historically been (and continue to be) given priority over Black people to define and document Black stories.
This book list was created by The Conscious Kid, in partnership with LINE4LINE. The Conscious Kid is a critical literacy organization that promotes access to books by and about underrepresented groups. LINE4LINEis a Baton Rouge-based barbershop program that strengthens literacy skills and attitudes around reading for young men of color by providing free haircuts to boys in exchange for reading books. All of the books featured on this list are available to read at the LINE4LINE barbershop program during Black History Month.