Racism is endemic to the United States and many societies, yet we often struggle with how to discuss it with our children. Recent events have made clear the danger of delaying these uncomfortable conversations. We must educate our children about racism so that we can root out this cancer eating away at the vitals of our society OR so they can carry forward the work of creating a more just and equitable society.
Racism is not just about the actions of individuals. Racism plays a significant role in determining the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age. These factors affect people’s access to quality housing, education, food, transportation, political power, and other social determinants of health.
Understanding and addressing systemic racism from this public health perspective is crucial to eliminating racial and ethnic inequities, and to improving opportunity and well-being across communities. With conversation, empathy, education, and open minds, paired with the books, resources, and activities in this guide, we can all work together to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities.
Conversations, Books, and Kids: Raising Awareness on Systemic Racism in America
The MCBD Team has spent considerable time creating the resources for our Multicultural Children’s Book Day FREE Classroom Kit— Conversations, Books, and Kids: Raising Awareness on Systemic Racism in America.
Within this free downloadable Classroom Kit, you will find:
*Books recommends and booklists.
*Activities that are suitable for home or classroom
Keep Calm and Read On!
Rebecca “Becky” Flansburg is an author, freelance writer, and project manager for the non-profit online children’s literacy initiative, Multicultural Children’s Book Day/ #ReadYourWorld. Join the celebration! Our 9th annual celebration will take place on January 28, 2022. For more information, visit Multicultural Children’s Book Day on the web.