In this issue: turning a Nazi march into an anti-hate fundraiser; That wedge we POC feel with white intimates in these times; will believing your mom on sexism translate into believing POC on racism? - and more!

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Welcome (back) to EmbraceRace, your community of support for raising children who are thoughtful, informed, and brave about race. 

We're working on upgrading our newsletter, including a move to a monthly rather than bimonthly schedule starting in December. The idea is to create a stronger, more focused newsletter that includes some helpful new features while still being packed with valuable resources. We look forward to your feedback once we've made the changes. As always, we encourage you to follow us on Facebook for more information and conversation.

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THANK YOU for the great turnout for October's EmbraceRace Community Conversation, Why and how to encourage cross-racial friendships among kids. If you missed it, you can watch it or read the transcript and find relevant resources here. Thanks to guest Professor Amber Williams and to all of you who participated in the conversation!


Andrew and Melissa

Do Black Lives Matter at my church?

"When discussion of racialized violence stops at the church door, the result is an unbearable dissonance for many observant Christians, particularly young black and brown Christians like me."
Is God racist or is it my church?
Alexis Freeman, EmbraceRace
[6-minute read]

The community that turned a Nazi march into an anti-hate fundraiser. Sweet.

Fantastic response to white supremacist marches! "Our mission is to ensure that whenever hate groups attempt to rally in U.S. cities, they will unintentionally raise money for charities that are the antithesis of their goals — groups that help refugees, combat hate crimes, promote equality under the law for all people, etc."
Wunsiedel Project: Mobilizing grassroots resistance to white supremacy and hate
Anonymous, EmbraceRace
[4-minute read]

That distance many people of color felt with white people, even our intimates, after the 2016 election

"Around this time during the late fall and winter, I started getting emails from other women of color who are partnered with white men and were feeling distance and isolation in their relationships because of the heightened race-based tension following the election. Most emails were a torrent of emotions and frustration and nearly always included, 'I know you will understand, and he just doesn’t.'”
The wedge of race-based privilege: An inter-racial marriage after the 2016 election
Divya Kumar, EmbraceRace
[5-minute read]


Me, too. Will believing women on sexism translate into believing people of color on racism?

“We watched millions of women and their allies turn out worldwide to protest a president who is a known sexual predator, and we wonder: If those same millions had marched when Trayvon was killed, would Tamir still be alive?”
You Showed Up For Sexism. Now Show Up For Racism.
Heather Long, Washington Post
[4-minute read]


Why White teachers need to see color

“Our students are grappling with their identity and race is a part of that. The way our world is set up, black and brown kids have to be taught self-love on purpose. So, provide opportunities which allow them to broadcast their racial and ethnic identities, and be proud of it!”
White Teachers Need to See Color. Here’s Why.
Joy Mohammed, We Are Teachers
[3-minute read]

Podcast: Best practices in Indigenous Education

“Each episode of the show features an educator, speaker or teacher presenting their ideas and best practices in indigenous education.”
Announcing:  Think Indigenous – A Podcast Series Sharing Best Practices in Indigenous Education.
University of Saskatchewan and Indian Teacher Education Program, Indian and Cowboy
[talks of varying lengths]

Resources to use with kids


Video & Resources: Encouraging cross-racial friendships among kids

“The way we think about raising children in developmental psychology is to use a lot of positive reinforcement … [for example] saying ‘I'm glad that you have friends who are diverse, friends that look like you and friends that don't look like you. I really like that.’”
Why and how to encourage cross-racial friendships among children
Amber Williams, EmbraceRace Community Conversation
[hour long video, transcript and resources]

Podcast: Stories from diverse cultures that teach kindness, performed for kids and families

“Circle Round is a storytelling podcast for kids ages 4 to 10. Created and produced by parents of young children, Circle Round tells carefully selected folktales from around the world.  Stories are adapted for today's families into 10 to 20-minute diverse episodes that delve into topics such as kindness, persistence and generosity.”
Circle Round: Where storytime happens all the time
Circle Round, WBUR
[10 to 20 minute stories]

Your turn

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EmbraceRace is grateful for the generous support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the NoVo Foundation - and people like you!
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