Resources for Parents on Talking to Children About Racism & Violence
June 2, 2020 10:37 AM   Subscribe

That first link results in a "unable to service your request as it exceeded resource limit" error, likely because of recent events generating too much traffic. But this is a great list of resources for children/parents/anybody. Thanks.
posted by Fizz at 11:41 AM on June 2, 2020 [2 favorites]

First link gave me
"Resource Limit Is Reached
The website is temporarily unable to service your request as it exceeded resource limit. Please try again later. "
which is a great metaphor for how I feel today. I'm taking a mental health day today and this is one of my goals - find ways to have these conversations with my kid. Thanks so much for all these links.
posted by WacoKid at 12:01 PM on June 2, 2020

A couple days ago my wife was asked to lead a meeting to train teachers at her school in how to teach current events and put them in context. She put together this powerpoint with this video accompaniment.

The first year my wife decided to make Thanksgiving dinner she found herself Thanksgiving morning with a frozen turkey and called her father to ask how she should cook it. He told her, "Ideally you would have started this yesterday, but here we are..." before explaining how to work with the situation she had at hand. Teachers (and parents) should have already laid the groundwork for discussing the current situation by teaching anti-racism from day one, but here we are. It's time to do better.
posted by Parasite Unseen at 12:06 PM on June 2, 2020 [4 favorites]

Thank you for this, I have been wondering how to talk to my 4 1/2 year old. We live in a small, not very diverse town in the middle of a largely white, largely rural county, and this morning she asked me what a protest is.
posted by Lawn Beaver at 12:17 PM on June 2, 2020

I wanted to add Talking about Race, from the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture.
posted by gudrun at 12:26 PM on June 2, 2020 [1 favorite]

I was raised in a very diverse community for a white woman born in the 80s, thanks to my hippie parents and my grandfather serving as mayor/chief of police in my home city. The first time anyone talked to me about "race" was my first day of public school kindergarten in my 100% white class. We were told we weren't "ready" to learn with non-white children. To this day it fucks me up that, despite consistently being around non-whites my entire childhood and thinking nothing of it, I was having systemic racism and segregation forced into my head at fucking age 6 by an institution that is supposed to be educating children. This was BARELY 30 years ago, and we want to talk about progress.
posted by Young Kullervo at 9:24 AM on June 3, 2020

WacoKid: “Resource Limit Is Reached”
Google has a cached copy.
posted by ob1quixote at 9:40 AM on June 3, 2020 [1 favorite]

30+ Books to Educate Kids and Teens about Race (Annie Goldsmith, ELLE)
posted by katra at 11:03 PM on June 3, 2020 [1 favorite]

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