Under the "Resources to Talk to Children about Race and Racism" section, there are ten links to websites that are basically critical race theory websites.
On the Social Justice Resources website, recommended reading includes: "Mama, Ella has a Penis"
On the RaceConscious.Org website:
1) Explicit, proactive language around race:
“We are called White, but it’s confusing …Look. This piece of paper really is the shade of white. Does this look like the color of our skin? But people with a lighter skin color, like ours, are called White even though we don’t look like the real shade of white. And it’s the same with Beba (her Black doll). Look,” (showing a black long-sleeved shirt) “this is the real shade of black. Is this the color of Beba’s skin? …Beba has more of a brown skin color…but (some) people with Beba’s skin color are called Black.”
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2) Explaining racism
“The N-word is a terrible, horrible name used against Black people. It is a powerful insult meant to treat Black people as less than human.”
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3) Multi-racial families
“We don’t know what relationship people have with one another without asking…because you can’t know which person belongs to another just by looking at them.”
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4) Children’s books:
“It’s interesting that all the people in this book have pale skin that we call White. This doesn’t look like where we live, in Brooklyn, where there are people with all different shades of skin.”
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5) Black Lives Matter and White privilege
“…even though people who are Black aren’t enslaved anymore, the history of slavery means that, today, people who are Black still are discriminated against. That means that they aren’t treated fairly. But people who are White, like us, don’t experience this discrimination. And that’s really unfair. So now there is a movement called “Black Lives Matter” where people are standing up and saying, ‘We want justice! Black people need to be treated fairly.”
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6) Police violence
“Eric Garner was a father and grandfather who was hurt and killed by the police. He was one of too many Black men that the police have hurt and killed. His last words were ‘I can’t breathe.’ …By saying ‘I can’t breathe,’ we are saying that it was wrong that Eric Garner was hurt and we are standing up for justice for him and his family. We are telling the police it is not OK to hurt people, and we will keep working together until everyone, especially people of color, are treated fairly, with respect and dignity.”
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7) Inspiring activism
In response to a parent’s exploration of race with her children, they wrote this letter to Legos: “Dear Lego Friends, I really like your legos. There are just two problems for me. The girls don’t have pants and we need more brown-skinned girls and boys.”
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8) Gender identity and sexism:
“You know what? That boy wasn’t just being mean,” I said. “There’s a word for what he was being. He was being ‘sexist.’”
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Thanksgiving/Thanks-taking: “A long time ago, a group of White people called the Pilgrims came from Europe to what we now call the United States. They came here because they didn’t have freedoms where they lived and it wasn’t fair…But, there were other people already living here called Native Americans or American Indians. Over time, more and more White people came here and ended up hurting the Native Americans. So in the end, the Pilgrims got their freedoms, but the American Indians lost those same freedoms. Today, there are still a lot of people who don’t have access to the same freedoms and privileges that the Pilgrims came to the United States to find.”
Submitted: May 12, 2021