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ake race conversations within our homes with our families commonplace. We are all part of the interconnected collective of the human race, to better know one another we must better understand ourselves. Bring the darkness of racism to light to diminish the power of its injustice. Share these essential resources helping families know how to talk to children about racism and anti-racist activism.
How to Talk to Children About Racism and Anti-Racist Activism
It has been observed that young infants are capable of distinguishing racial differences and by preschool racial biases are formed and developed. Start the conversation with your child about race and humanity emphasizing the importance of respect for one and all. Use age-appropriate facts to bring awareness to diversity and racism.
Be a Resource
Set the tone for your child to feel free to respectfully ask questions, make observations, and share personal experiences pertaining to race. Share diverse multicultural experiences with follow-up discussions. When you don't have the answers, seek accurate information.
Set an example by demonstrating diversity in your own actions. Include diversity in extra-curricula and family activities, introduce movies, books, and toys featuring multicultural perspectives from an array of races and ethnicities. Provide examples of progress toward racial equity, rallying and encouraging an active role in reform.
Learn about and discuss the historical background of your family's racial, ethnic, and cultural identify. Explain successes and challenges encountered from past to present. An important message to emphasize is the fact that we are united as individuals, racial and ethnic groups include individuals choosing to each act and believe independently and/or collectively.
Amplify Activist Voices
Use your circle of influence to amplify motivational and inspirational examples of racial resistance and resilience progress. Tell the stories that need to be told as a means for positive changes to happen in the world.
Be an Activist
Begin exactly where you are at this given moment. Every little act contributed supports the progress of the anti-racism movement. Be actively involved, supporting your time and talents. Bring your family, friends, and bystanders onboard to embrace positive protests to racist norms. Mahatma Gandhi delivered powerful words in his advice to, "Be the change that you wish to see in the world." Continue these conversations as we all strive for the freedom to live within an anti-racist world together.
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