Starting The Conversation

  • Talking to Children About Racial Bias – provides tips for talking to kids about racial differences and racism.
  • Beyond The Golden Rule – a free PDF from Teaching Tolerance that provides three age-specific sections that offer practical, age-appropriate advice to help you integrate lessons of respect and tolerance in day-to-day activities. It also offers section for  reflecting upon your own biases, and how those biases affect your parenting.
  • Talking to Children After Racial Incidents – an article from University of Pennsylvania with tips on how to discuss racial incidents with kids
  • Expert Guidance on Preparing Kids for Police Interactions – a child psychiatrist, a former public defender and a police officer give their advice on how and when to have “the talk” with kids about interactions with police.
  • Speak From Your Heart Against Racism – Dr. Laila Hishaw, a local pediatric dentist, encourages parents to use their voice and speak from their heart
  • Six Steps to Speak Up – Teaching Tolerance discuss 6 steps to speak up against racism.

Books to Read With Your Child

  • Books with Characters of Color – Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization that rates different forms of media for parents and teachers, compiled this list of children’s books with diverse characters. Books that celebrate multi-racial characters can help fight systemic racism by helping children see kids of all colors in a positive light.
  • The Brown Bookshelf– A group of authors and illustrators who came together to push awareness of the myriad of African American voices writing for young readers.
  • A Children’s Book List for Anti-racist Activism– A list of children’s books curated by EmbraceRace, an online community that works to gather resources parents need to meet the challenges they face raising children in a world where race matters.

Resources for Teens & Adults

  • The Impact of Racism on Child and Adolescent Health – A publication from the AAP Journal Pediatrics that provides an evidence-based look at how racism is a social determinant of health that has a profound impact on the health status of children, adolescents, emerging adults, and their families.
  • On Becoming an Anti-Racist – A blog post from a developmental behavioral pediatrician helping others to understand what it means to be anti-racist
  • 13th – A documentary that explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans. Available free on youtube or with netflix subscription.
  • Other Movies That Discuss Racism – Another helpful list  from Common Sense Media of movies that discuss racism, which can be a conversation starter with young adults 
  • Raising Equity – A free online course with a series of videos covering ways to raise children for a more equitable society.
  • Anti-Racist Reading List – A list of books complied by Ibram X. Kendi (author of “How to Be an Antiracist”) for those beginning their anti-racist journey