Resources: Talking to Your Children About Race, Diversity, and Social Justice

Resources curated by Chloe Shaw, St. John School Counselor:  Anti-Racism Resources for Families

Asian American Racial Justice Toolkit “highlights the role of people’s resistance both past and present and seeks to build hope and a commitment to political struggle. In these perilous times, it is an intervention by today’s Asian American activists to restore our collective humanity across our differences through a practice of deep democracy, by looking first to history and then to one another to build a vigilant and expansive love for the people.”

The Conscious Kid:  This organization has several excellent resources, including how to have critical conversations with children, reading lists, partner organizations, etc.  They also have a membership option with Patreon for parent and education resources through a Critical Race lens. The membership has different levels and is reasonably priced for each level.

EmbraceRace provides Children’s Books to Support Conversations on Race, Racism, and Resistance. There are a variety of storybooks for all ages that parents can use as a discussion starting point.

Facing History and Ourselves has the documentary series, Eyes on the Prize.

Medium:  What White People Can Do for Racial Justice has an expansive and achievable list of actions to help families be allies.

PBS: Asian Americans is a documentary series on the history of Asian Americans.

Published in Medium and written by a mental health therapist and mother living in Minneapolis, this article is about how to start having conversations about race with young children, based on the author’s recent experience with her own child.

National Museum of African American History and Culture:  Talking About Race – multiple resources available.

New York Times’ article:  “These Books Can Help You Explain Racism and Protest to Your Kids.”

Pretty Good Design: Your Kids Aren’t Too Young To Talk About Race is a “resource roundup” that includes podcasts, articles, and books to support conversations with even young children.

Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center series, “We Are Not a Stereotype” provides a series of webinars on dismantling the “model minority myth,” the history of Asian-Black solidarity, supporting undocumented Asian students, Asian Queer identities, and many more.

Sojourners has a powerful and compassionate article, “For our White Friends Desiring to be Allies,” written by Courtney Ariel.