1) Books

Books should

  • include people who look like them and affirm their identity (mirrors) and people who look and live differently than them (windows).
  • expose racism, stereotypes, and bias.
  • include stories of people standing up to injustices.
  • include social emotional learning.

Always be sure to follow up with intentional conversations.

2) Experiences

Provide

  • opportunities for children to play, build friendships, and interact with people who do not look like them.
  • opportunities to watch diverse television shows and movies.
  • experiences that do not only portray BIPOC’s trauma and oppression, but include themes of love, family, friendship and joy.

3) News

Use

  • local, state, country and world news stories that explores issues of injustice.
  • authentic, personal or societal experiences.

Newsela is a phenomenal resource for informational articles that are organized by reading levels.

4) Action

Include

  • discussions about the inequities and discrimination that led to many of the stereotypes and biases they may hear.
  • reflections on solutions that can impact these issues in a sustainable way.
  • attendance in peaceful protests, writing letters, making phone calls, and attending town hall meetings to support and demand change.

5) Discussion

Talk about

  • similarities and differences.
  • critical thinking (is this true or not true, fair or unfair, equality vs equity, kind or unkind, just or unjust).
  • stereotypes (including, but not limited to gender, race, religion, etc)
  • skills for dealing with or standing against hurtful behaviors.

REMINDERS

None of this matters if YOU are not personally and actively involved in social justice.

DON’T ASK YOUR CHILDREN TO DO THINGS THAT YOU ARE NOT ACTIVELY DOING OR READY TO DO YOURSELF.

LEAD THE WAY.

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