What DO we tell our children about social injustice?
Updated: Aug 12, 2020
How much is too much to tell children about social injustice? All children need to know what racism is and how to fight it. Standing by and watching bias is no longer an acceptable behavior. Building a healthy cultural identity is important and vital work. The right school can help the work you do at home continue at school.
If children ask questions, answer them by saying: "It's hard to see people fighting or yelling or throwing things, how did that make you feel?
Kids are feeling the unrest and distress, and right now it's loud, because people have had enough. Remind your kids that protests are largely peaceful. If there is property damage, just like with the recent hurricane, it can be cleaned up. People matter, folks losing jobs matter, social injustice matters.
There are some amazing organizations producing relevant and valuable materials. The fact is, all people are not treated the same, now is the time for meaningful change.
Read, watch, buy the right toys and learn, here are some resources:
-"Talking About Race": Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture
-CNN/Sesame St. Town Hall on Racism
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