June 6, 2020 | Miscellaneous

Books to Start the Conversation on Anti-Racism

Educating children about race is essential to strive for a world of equality and peace and it is never too early to educate and talk to your kids. With explicit acts of racism being displayed every day, parents are asking themselves how to ensure that their children’s generation is educated on racism, to be cognisant of white privilege and to strive for equality. Racism is taught, it is way overdue to teach about equality.

We believe that ALL parents need to educate their children about different cultures, why we have different colour skin, that we are from different countries in the world. But most importantly despite how we look or the piment of our skin, or our facial features, we are all the same.

Our firm strives to provide our clients and families with resources and tools for parenting in general, which includes the discussion and education on diversity and justice with your kids and anti-racism and what that means.

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HERE ARE SOME EDUCATIONAL BOOKS TO READ WITH YOUR KIDS:

1. Something happened in our town by Dr. Marietta Collins, Dr. Marianne Celano, and Dr. Ann Hazzard

2. Firebird by Misty Copeland

3. Hair Love by Matthew Cherry

4. Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Pena

5. The Day you Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

6. Viola Desmond Wont be Budged by Jody Nyasha Warner

7. I am not a Number by Jenny Kay Dupuis

8. Chocolate me! By Taye Diggs

9. Lets Talk About Race by Julius Lester

10. I Like Myself- by Karen Beaumont

11. All are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold

12. More, More, More by Vera Williams

13. What’s the Difference? by Doyin Richards

14. Don’t touch my hair by Sharee Miller

15. The Colors of Us by Karen katz

16. A kids book about racism by Jelani Memory

17. All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold

18. Carter Reads the Newspaper by Deborah Hopkinson

19. Our American Dream by Fiona McEntee

20. Blue Sky White Stars by Sarvinder Naberhaus

21. Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson

22. Malcolm Little by Ilyasah Shabazz

23. Saturday by Oge Mora

24. Not my idea by Anastasia Higginbotham

25. Little Leaders Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison

HERE ARE SOME MORE RESOURCES FOR TEACHING KIDS ABOUT RACISM:

1. Little Justice Leaders Subscription Box: https://www.littlejusticeleaders.com/

2. Teaching Your Child About Black History: https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/teaching-your-child-about-black-history-month

3. Parenting & White Supremacy: A 90-Minute Good Ancestor Academy Masterclass: http://laylafsaad.com/gaa-parenting-and-white-supremacy

 4. Talking to Children About Racial Bias: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/emotional-wellness/Building-Resilience/Pages/Talking-to-Children-About-Racial-Bias.aspx

HERE ARE SOME VIDEOS FOR YOUR KIDS TO WATCH:

1. We’re Different, We’re the Same (Sesame Street) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUrjb4SZnxg&index=18&list=PLD6870D84DCB1D331

2. I Love My Hair! (Sesame Street) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enpFde5rgmw

3. Esme and Roy : https://www.amazon.com/Esme-and-Roy-Season-1/dp/B07FXK5Y7P?creativeASIN=B07FXK5Y7P&linkCode=w61&imprToken=q9y35bjH6wcOauAJJBePWg&slotNum=12

4. Motown Magic : https://www.netflix.com/title/80134440?source=35

5. Blaze and the Monster Machines : https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/amzn1.dv.gti.bcaddaca-a29e-b17d-0537-b3b29d8059d4?linkCode=w61&imprToken=q9y35bjH6wcOauAJJBePWg&slotNum=14&autoplay=1

HERE ARE SOME EDUCATIONAL BOOKS FOR ADULTS :

1. How to be an anti racist by Ibram X Kendi

2. The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

3. Raising White Kids by Jennifer Harvey

4. Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

5. White Spaces Missing Faces by Catrice M. Jackson

6. Antagonists Advocates and Allies by Catrice M. Jackson

7. White Fragility by Robin Diangelo

8.  Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X Kendi

9. So You Want to Talk About Race by  Ijeoma Oluo

10. This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell

11. Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America by  Ibi Zoboi et al.

12. Me and White Supremacy by Layla F Saad

PODCASTS AND VIDEOS FOR ADULTS :

1. Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin DiAngelo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwIx3KQer54

2. Parenting Forward Podcast

3. Fare of the Free Child Podcast

4. 1619 Podcast

5. Backstory Podcast

6. Code Switch Podcast

7. 13th, a film by Ava Duvernay (available on Netflix)

8. The Hate You Give, a film based on the 2017 novel by Angie Thomas

9. Black Feminism & the Movement for Black Lives: Barbara Smith, Reina Gossett, Charlene Carruthers (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eV3nnFheQRo)

ANTI-RACISM RESOURCES FOR ADULTS (CANADA SPECIFIC)

Canada and Québec perspectives:

  • Emilie Nicolas’s coverage in Le Devoir / @Emilie_Ni

· Nicolas writes about the lack of coverage of systemic racism in Canada and Québec, the implications of inequity in the health system during the pandemic, the treatment of racialized front line workers, and other topics. See: Ils sont fous, ces Américains

· Essays exploring systemic racism from a Québec perspective

· Full Armony-Hassaoui-Mulone report to the SPVM (August 2019)

Philanthropy and Race

· Framework for foundations and nonprofits looking to align their assets and efforts with an equity perspective.

· Reflections from MacArthur Foundation staff on current events and systemic racism

· Increasing the amount and effectiveness of resources aimed at combating institutional and structural racism in communities through capacity building, education, and convening of grantmakers and grantseekers.

Taking action + further learning:

  • Resources for non-Black folks to support Black communities in Canada

· Note that this doc was taken down due to lack of credit – read the statement

· Continuously updated article

· A resource for white people and parents to deepen anti-racism work (Document compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker, Alyssa Klein in May 2020)

Deeper dives into Anti-Black Racism in Canada:

  • The Skin We’re In – Desmond Cole

  • Policing Black Lives – Robyn Maynard

  • Black Life – Post-BLM and the Struggle for Freedom – Rinaldo Walcott and Idil Abdillahi

  • Until We Are Free: Reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada – Edited by Rodney Diverlus, Sandy Hudson, Syrus Marcus Ware

We will continue to provide helpful tools to navigate the conversation. As the conversation has to start at home