In this issue: teaching kids how racism and bigotry work; talking to kids of color about white supremacy, the social justice classroom, kids books ... and more!

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Welcome to EmbraceRace, your community of support for raising and mentoring kids in a world where race matters. In this bimonthly newsletter, you’ll find our curated selection of recent resources and articles. Thanks to those of you who recommended resources and contributed posts, some of which you'll find below. 

If you missed our last EmbraceRace community conversation, Let's Counter Islamophobia through Stories, you can watch it and find resources discussed here. Thanks again to our friends at KitaabWorld for the wonderful conversation and excellent resources. 

EmbraceRace community conversations take place every 4th Tuesday of the month at 5:30 pm PT/8:30 pm ET. On September 26th, our guests will be IntegrateNYC4Me, a student-led effort pushing back hard against educational segregation and the inequities it represents in NYC and across the country. Register for that conversation here


Andrew and Melissa

A mom stands up against hate in Charlottesville

“We were not armed; they were. We were practicing nonviolent tactics in order to face armed men. Many of us knew that people would be hurt. I felt strongly that there would be deaths. I am both devastated and relieved that there was only one death.”
On the Front Line in Charlottesville
Stephanie Jo Kent, EmbraceRace
[5-minute read]

What could be more American than white supremacy

“[T]he Civil War was a battle between two warring, white supremacist factions. And, quiet as it’s kept, white supremacy won.”
To Be Clear, White Supremacy Is the Foundation of Our Country. We Won’t Destroy It by Toppling Statues
Cristal Marie Fleming, The Root
[4-minute read]

Access to education should include being known by your own name

“Ayyy, I already told you, your name is too long! We don’t go by two names here and we don’t go by two last names. Pick a name. Maria or Edith. And as far as last names, you are Espinosa. We don’t use your mother’s last name. So what’s it going to be?”
What Does It Mean When Your Teacher Changes Your Name?
Rethinking Schools
[5-minute read]


Wanting the best for my kids - and for other kids, too

“[U]nless I am intentionally placing my children in diverse settings, both socio-economically and racially, unless I am intentionally acknowledging and addressing the issues of school segregation that have divided this great city, I will raise a racist. I won’t mean to. But intentions are no longer enough ...”
Civics, Community, and Allyship: Why We Chose Our Local Public School
Integrated Schools
[6-minute read]


To my 5th and 6th grade students, this year we’ll seek to understand how racism and injustice work ...

"My vision for our classroom is that it is a safe space for us to have courageous conversations. I’ll need your help to make this vision a reality. When we discuss challenging issues, we are all going to make mistakes and this includes me. Sometimes, we won’t always know what to say, and I expect that we will mess up quite a bit without any intent to cause harm. We’ll need to give ourselves permission to do so. So the second thing I’m asking for is your patience. But I promise you that we will get better at these discussions over time.”
If You Think Racism is Too Political For Your Classroom, Think About What Your Silence Says
Sonja Cherry-Paul, Medium
[6-minute read]

The science of racism

“The truth is that unless parents actively teach kids not to be racists, they will be,” said Jennifer Richeson, a Yale University social psychologist. “This is not the product of some deep-seated, evil heart that is cultivated. It comes from the environment, the air all around us.”
Why are people still racist? What science says about America’s race problem.
William Wan & Sarah Kaplan, Washington Post
[4-minute read]

Tips for having hard race conversations with family

“[T]he reason you confront your family members about their views, if you think they're bigoted views, is not because you want to change their minds, so much as to establish that they can't say those things without some kind of push-back. You're pushing back on things your uncle says so that your nieces and nephews understand that those views will be met with some push-back. So even if they don't change their minds, they have to consider whether those views are worth saying.”
How To Talk Race With Your Family: Ask Code Switch
Code Switch, NPR
[4-minute read]

Resources to use with kids


Parenting kids of color in times of “unhooded White supremacy”

"The story you tell your children about who they are must be stronger than the story they hear from the people who don’t care about them and much of the media, which traffics in negative messages and stereotypes about people with marginalized identities."
The Dos and Dont's of Talking to Kids of Color About White Supremacy
Hilary Beard, Colorlines
[5-minute read]

A 3rd grade teacher on fighting hate in the classroom

"Children are much more flexible than adults. Keep their developmental levels in mind, of course, but remember that they can do this. By inviting them to share in finding actions and brainstorming ways to help, we empower them and show them that silence is not an option."
Using SPLC’s 10 Ways to Fight Hate in the Classroom
Nina Sethi, EmbraceRace
[6-minute read]

Teachers of the year pick favorite social justice books

“I hope this list inspires children to be who they are unapologetically all while promoting kindness, activism, justice, and rights for all.”
Social Justice Booklist
National Network of State Teachers of the Year
[5-minute read]

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