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What are some useful resources for parents who want to deepen their own knowledge or talk with their children about race or racism?
Below are a few ideas – they are mostly directed to adults and some include useful information for how to help children explore their own experiences as well.
- Terry Keleher shares from personal experience in his essay, “Racially Conscientious” Parenting in a “Colorblind” Society.
- Two blogs to check out, Love isn’t Enough: Raising a Family in a Colorstruck World. One of the recent posts was, “I didn’t know you had a mixed baby!” My students react to my biracial daughter. Also another blog to explore, Antiracist Parenting.
- It might be helpful for you to continue to increase your knowledge on some key concepts, including racism, white privilege and internalized racism. You can find more information about each of them in the Fundamentals section of the site.
Our community group has been meeting for a while and mostly been conducting dialogue sessions and workshops about racial equity for people in our community and other organizations. We have been outraged over events including the Zimmerman verdict in Florida. We are ready to take our work to a new level – what can we do?
The site has a lot of information about organizing, planning and implementing action. Please check out: Why Start Racial Equity Work, And What Are Its Implications?
- How Can We Create An Inclusive And Equitable Planning Process?
- How Can We Assess Our Community, And What Are The Initial Steps And Considerations For Doing Racial Equity Work?
- How Can We Assess Our Community, And Implement An Assessment Process?
- How Can We Lay Out Assumptions To Understand Our Theory Of Change?
- How Can We Choose Strategies For Our Action Plan?
For additional information, and especially to learn what other communities are doing I would advise you to check out these sections on the site:
I have a community meeting coming up and want to share data on how racism impacts the education system; can you point me to some data?
Yes, we have two sections on the site which can assist you. The first is a specific section under the tab “Data”, with links to statistics on a variety of issues. Currently, included are:
- Just Facts: Racial Resegregation and Inequality in Public Schools, Applied Research Center
- The Black Youth Project has some reports and fact sheets on their site.
- National Center of Education Statistics
We encourage you to sign up to receive notification when new resources are being posted, since this is one section we will do our best to keep up-to-date.
Also in the Planning Section, we include information on 19 different issues, including education; you will find statistical reports, promising practices, academic papers, and strategies being used by different organizations and communities.
Please also take a look at Tip Sheet On Using Available Data.
When people talk about racism – are they talking about the way individuals treat each other, laws like stop and frisk, who runs the country or the fact that some groups seem to do better in the U.S. than others? Is there anything on the site to help me sort out these ideas or talk to others about how they are different or related?
People use the term “racism” differently, but for many people in racial justice work, the term is used specifically to refer to active or passive things that that contribute to creating different consequences for people of color and whites. Structural racism is a term people use to describe how different “dimensions” of racism (cultural, institutional and individual) work together. Structural racism thus describes the system by which racism is developed, maintained and protected. In each of the sections below, you will find resources such as essays, academic articles and videos on dimensions of racism and how they work: