EVOLVE has compiled a list of anti-racist resources from various sources to help families talk about racial injustice and racism
- Talking to Kids about Racial Injustice - FREE Webinar, April 28.
Painful events in Minnesota during the past year have put race, racism and white privilege front and center for many families – for good reason. These topics can be hard to address, especially with young children. In this important discussion, two child development experts will discuss ways parents can confidently talk to kids about race and racial inequities. Parents will gain insight into how they can raise children who will be motivated to actively work against systemic racism.
- How to talk to kids about the Chauvin verdict and race
Kids are paying attention to what’s happening and they want to learn. But it can be hard to know how to address heavy topics with young people. So how should teachers and families talk to kids about racism, police killings, and the conviction of ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin? Here are some resources.
- When Bad Things Are Happening
This article is aimed for teachers but can be used by parents as well. "When news breaks of disaster or violence, your students may want to discuss a crisis as it unfolds. Here’s how."\
23 Books to Help Kids of All Ages Learn About Race
Books are a very useful tool to help facilitate conversations with children. This link contains a list of books that may be used at different ages and developmental stages. While many books are on backorder at this time, you can also find some of them on YouTube.
Anti-Racism for Kids: An Age-by-Age Guide to Fighting Hate
This guide from Parents breaks down discussion points and approaches for the age groups of 0-6, 6-8, 9-11, Tweens and Teens.
- How Do You Talk to Kids About Racism? Two Black Minnesota Teachers Share How They Do It
Listen to two Black educators share advice on MPR (Minnesota Public Radio) on how they have addressed these questions with their fifth-grade students.
- How White Parents Can Talk To Their Kids About Race
This article and 10-minute listen from NPR (National Public Radio) features the advice of Jennifer Harvey, author of “Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America”
- Watch the entire CNN/Sesame Street Racism Town Hall
The Sesame Street Town Hall on Racism can be viewed together with children and features questions and answers from families, featuring segments with Big Bird, Elmo, and Abby Cadabby.
- Intro to Racial Justice for Families with Kids Age 6-12
This program is created by Nico Van Ostrand, a Filipino teacher in White Bear Lake, and provides a sample four-week curriculum facilitating activities and conversations around racial justice.
- George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. What Do We Tell Our Children?
This USA Today article features the advice of Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, a psychologist, educator, and author of "Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations about Race”
- How to Talk to Kids about Race and Racism
This article from Parent Toolkit features a variety of experts giving advice on engaging in these difficult conversations, including setting the example, addressing mistakes, and being an advocate.
- Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls' Childhood
- Listening to Black Women and Girls: Lived Experiences and Adultification Bias