Back to (segregated) school; talking to kids about Charlottesville; pictures from kids with deported caregivers; resources to use with kids, and more.

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Yet another painful week on race in the U.S. Our 9-year-old's response to Charlottesville was to vow never to go to a protest again, lest we get hurt. So we've been holding each other close and letting white accomplices carry the public resistance burden for today. We're profoundly grateful and comforted to be co-creating EmbraceRace, our community of support for adults raising and mentoring kids in a world where race matters, with all of you. 

In this bimonthly newsletter, you’ll find our curated selection of recent resources and articles. Thanks to those of you who recommended resources and posts, some of which you'll find below. Thank you also for introducing your networks to EmbraceRace on Facebook. Liking our page is a great way to see what the community is talking about on any given day. 

Don't forget to register for this coming Tuesday's EmbraceRace community conversation, Let's Counter Islamophobia through Stories, happening on August 22nd at 5:30 pm PT/8:30 pm ET. (ER community conversations take place every 4th Tuesday of the month at the same time.) We're excited that the founders of Kitaabworld, Gauri Manglik and Sadaf Siddique, will join us to share their work and to take your questions. As always, it's online and free. Register to participate live or to receive the recording afterwards.


Andrew and Melissa

Still think segregation is a good idea?

“A growing body of research shows that diversity in school actually is good for all kids, including white and affluent ones … Adaptive reasoning, global-identity-forming, complex problem-solving skills, dexterity in cross-cultural collaboration, and effective communication strategies are only some of the benefits. And yes, heightened awareness of the significance of race, ethnicity, and class.”
It’s Back to (segregated) School Time!
Integrated Schools for EmbraceRace
[6-minute read]

Kids draw life after family separation from deportation

"She told me that she saw her mom taken by ICE … the girl saw her mom leave in handcuffs, and she was screaming, 'No, no, no!' And that's what she drew on a piece of paper: her mom and her screaming 'No, no, no.’”
The Emotional Artwork of Children Whose Parents Were Deported
Kimberly Lawson, Broadly
[4-minute read]

Do Black Lives Matter in the U.S. adoption process?

Adoption - yet another arena in which black lives are literally devalued relative to other lives.
Discounting Black Children: How the Racially Skewed Economics of Adoption Devalue Black Lives
D. Amari Jackson, Atlanta Black Star
[5-minute read]


How white parents can be allies to black parents

“Being a parent is a stressful yet rewarding vocation. But mixing that stress into the already back-breaking weight of systemic oppression is a deadly concoction. The Black community as a whole is under a critical mass of emotional stress.”  
4 ways white parents can support black parents in times of injustice
Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez, Mashable
[5-minute read]


Special considerations for the involuntarily “passing”

"Neither/nor? Both/and? Fraught political and personal questions - and one BlPOC children will confront, in their own way, sooner than many of their adults think.”
Should Light-Skinned People of Color Voluntarily Exclude Ourselves from People of Color Spaces?
Nico Dacumos, Everyday Feminism
[5-minute read]

Video: On hyphenated American-ness

If you haven't seen any of Lee Mun Wah’s “Color of Fear” video, please watch clip. Many of you will be inclined to bail early on this video. Please don't. Things get especially intense half-way through, but we recommend that you don't simply start in the middle. You can spend a few minutes on this, no?
Color of Fear - What it Means to be American
Lincoln Anthony Blades, Teen Vogue
[5-minute video]

Resources to use with kids


How to talk to kids about Charlottesville

"Mental health experts and parents discussed their experiences Saturday, and shared advice for talking to children about the violence in Charlottesville. Here are their tips."  
How to talk to your kids about the violence in Charlottesville
Sonali Kohli, Los Angeles Times
[6-minute read]

White and reluctant to about race? Start here!

"[P]eople of color know everyone sees their race because they constantly get treated differently because of it. When we pretend we don’t see race, we invalidate and erase those experiences of bias; we comfort only ourselves, not people of color. We deny our privilege and ignore our discomfort about that privilege. And we teach our children, in turn, that it’s improper to talk about race, thus continuing the cycle. Far from benefiting people of color, our silence serves only ourselves."
White parents, here’s how to start talking to your children about race
Real Talk: WOC & Allies, Medium
[9-minute read]

A guide to countering bias in kids at different stages

“No matter how open-minded or accepting we believe ourselves to be, and no matter how good a job we think we are doing when it comes to raising tolerant children, this fact remains: We all carry prejudice and biases.”
Beyond the Gold Rule: A Parent’s Guide to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice
Dana Williams, Teaching Tolerance
[12-minute read]

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