It’s easy to feel helpless when witnessing sickening acts of police brutality and waiting for responses from national leaders that never quite seem to come the way we wish them to. For those of us that are white, our most important job at this moment is to be an active ally for Black people. Among other things, we must be willing to listen, put in the work of educating ourselves, donate our time and money when we can, and refrain from centering our white stories into Black experiences. The second most important job, perhaps, is to actively teach our children to be antiracist, and to provide them with resources that will help reinforce this worldview.
Listed below are a few resources--and there are so, so many more--that can help you get started on the path to teaching your children how to be antiracist. If you've got any other great ideas, feel free to share them in the comments!
The boardbook Antiracist Baby is written by Ibram X. Kendi, who also wrote the book “How to be an Antiracist” (an excellent resource for adults and teens alike). With its simple words and illustrations and empowering message, there is no better way to introduce your children to the concept of antiracism. (This title will be released on June 16th, so go ahead and preorder now!)
Embrace Race has compiled a list of children's books that support conversations surrounding race, racism, and resistance. It features a diverse list of engaging books that are a really good way to help kickstart a discussion of race around the dinner table.
The Instagram account The Conscious Kid is a fantastic space that compiles resources and advice that helps parents and grownups navigate teaching race in a thoughtful, powerful way.
While the website Teaching Tolerance is directed at educators who work with children, there are fantastic resources available that any parent or concerned grownup can access. The Anti-Defamation League is another organization that has a wealth of tips and resources for teaching kids about race.
Codeswitch is one of my favorite podcasts, and now they've curated a list of their best episodes for kids. All episodes are free of profanity, graphic descriptions, and other adult content. You can check out their entire list of suggested episodes right here.
Another podcast worth checking out is About Race. Hosted by the author of the book "Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race," her website provides transcripts of each episode if you'd like to read content beforehand.
Antiracists are devoted to opposing racism and building an antiracist society. It means being constantly aware of our racist tendencies and rooting them out. Being antiracist is a lifelong process--and sometimes it's a painful excavation--but it’s one that we can introduce to our children today.