In this issue: countering racial bias in your kids; what a very detailed map of racial segregation shows; it’s not about what you meant! Focusing on impact instead of intent; books I wish my white teacher had read; and so much more!

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Because many of you have spread the word about EmbraceRace, this community is growing quickly and organically - some 16,000 fans, followers and subscribers across our platforms just one year into this adventure. Thank you!

Lots to chew on in this latest newsletter issue, a collection of some of our favorite articles and resources relevant to race and raising kids. Thanks to all of you who drew our attention to articles and resources. In addition, here’s the link to the video recording of recent, live, online EmbraceRace Conversation: Secret Kindness Agents! Raising Inclusive Kids. Thanks again to the wonderful Ferial Pearson -- a.k.a. Mama Beast -- for sharing her work with the EmbraceRace community.

The next in the EmbraceRace Conversation series happens on May 23rd at 5:30 pm PT/8:30 pm ET. We'll be joined by early EmbraceRacer Dr. Sandra "Chap" Chapman for Understanding Racial Identity Development. Register here to participate live and/or to receive a link to the recording later.

'Til soon,

Andrew and Melissa

Your 5-year-old is already racially biased. Here’s what you can do about it.

“In the United States, many adults believe that children, especially White children, are racial innocents — completely naive, curiously fragile with respect to the realities of race, or both. The truth is that well before their teen years, the vast majority of children are well aware of prevailing biases against many racial and ethnic groups, and most have taken on their own prejudices.”
Your 5-year-old is already racially biased. Here’s what you can do about it.
Andrew Grant-Thomas, EmbraceRace
[5-minute read]

(Still) the best map made about U.S. racial segregation

“It isn’t the first map to show the country’s ethnic distribution, nor is it the first to show every single citizen, but it is the first to do both, making it the most comprehensive map of race in America ever created.”
The Best Map Ever Made about America’s Racial Segregation
Dyle Vanhemert, Wired
[3-minute read]

New research on unconscious implicit bias

“Our study invites us to be a bit more realistic about the limits of our self-insight,” he concludes. “This may be a particularly important thing to recognize if we are in a position to make important decisions about the members of other racial groups.”


The intent vs. impact conversation

"I cannot tell you how often I’ve seen people attempt to deflect criticism about their oppressive language or actions by making the conversation about their intent. At what point does the “intent” conversation stop mattering so that we can step back and look at impact? After all, in the end, what does the intent of our action really matter if our actions have the impact of furthering the marginalization or oppression of those around us?"

Intent vs. Impact: Why Your Intentions Don’t Really Matter
Jamie Utt, Everyday Feminism
[3-minute read]

Changing the story about students of color

“I wholeheartedly believe we are capable of keeping our biases in check and changing the stories we tell about students of color. It is a process that takes time and commitment—and if you are an educator ready to commit to this work, here are four ways to begin.”
How to Change the Story about Students of Color
Dena Simmons, Greater Good
[5-minute read]

Barriers that stand between girls of color and their education

“Nearly 1 in 5 Black girls (19 percent) and LGBTQ girls (18 percent) reported experiencing homelessness.

“Almost a quarter of Latina girls (24 percent) reported being harassed because of their name or family’s origin.

“Nearly half of Asian and Pacific Islander girls (46 percent) reported being called a racial slur—higher than any other group of girls …”

New Study Exposes Barriers That Block Girls of Color From Opportunity
Kenrya Rankin, Colorlines
[3-minute read]

10 books I wish my white teachers had read

“Teachers have a responsibility to examine their own prejudices, and to learn about the experiences of (and oppressive forces working against) the students they are teaching. Because when we walk into a classroom, both as teachers and as students, we don’t magically leave our struggles and life experiences at the door.”
10 Books I Wish My White Teachers Had Read
Crystal Paul, Bustle
[5-minute read]
Resources to use with kids

5 ways of bringing discussions about bias and diversity into the elementary classroom

“Social and emotional skill development lessons are the foundation, and then teachers can move to lessons on identity, differences, bias, and how bias and bullying can be addressed individually and institutionally.”

Teaching Young Children About Bias, Diversity, and Social Justice
Jinnie Spiegler, Edutopia
[5-minute read]

Reducing fear of immigrants in teens

“The key is empathy, which Miklikowska found explained how friendships affected teen biases. Having a friend with positive attitudes towards immigrants, or having an immigrant friend, was tied to higher levels of empathic concern in adolescents, which then predicted their decreased bias toward immigrants.”
How to Stop Teens from Fearing Immigrants
Jill Suttie, Greater Good
[4-minute read]

Intellectual empathy: another parenting-for-good tool

"Educational studies suggest that it's reflecting on a learning experience afterward that truly inspires growth, Clabough says. And encouraging children to make decisions while they're reading amounts to decision-making practice, which ‘results in synaptic changes and strengthening of neuronal pathways in your child.’"
Want to Raise Successful Kids? Neuroscience Says Read to Them Like This (but Most Parents Don't)
Bill Murphy Jr., Inc Magazine
[4-minute read]

Read more stories from the EmbraceRace community on Medium

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