Last Monday, as I awaited the verdict from the Grand Jury on Ferguson, I was boarding an airplane with my two children and my parents for the Thanksgiving holiday. I spoke with my parents about my worry and anger. We had a great conversation about their experience and involvement with the Civil Rights movement and how they dealt with their own feelings, how they chose to respond. My five-year-old, the constant promoter of “Why?” in our family, asked us to include her in our conversation.
How could I include her in the conversation?
Thankfully, the UU Ferguson Response Team has provided excellent resources for parents and grandparents and teachers.
Talking about Racism
- The Murder of Sean Bell: From Pain to Poetry: This piece explores fears of black middle school students. Really powerful, eye-opening read for teens & parents, and this definitely promotes, invokes importance of empathy.
- Syllabus: Talking to Kids about Racism: This resource provides information on talking with children & teens about racism, suggesting a move beyond a focus on individual racial prejudice to systemic bias.
- A Little White Girl’s First Experience of Racism: An essay which uses narrative to explore themes of racism and inequality.
Ferguson-specific parenting, teaching resources
- 5 Ways to Teach about Mike Brown & Ferguson (Huffington Post)
- PBS: Talking to Kids About Ferguson
- Educators use Twitter to Teach About Ferguson