Understanding Race in Today's Times

Over the past few months, PSP members have brought up race, racism, inequality, and white privilege and its complexities in everyday life.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Daily, 5:30 pm: Black Lives Matter Gathering at Bartel-Pritchard Square
Family friendly, masked, socially distant neighborhood protest. Every day, come when you can.

Thursday, June 25, 6:30 pm: GOBK/ Bk Rising Docu-Series
Join a Zoom Discussion of Ava DuVernay's award winning film 13th, named for the 13th Amendment, which freed the slaves.

 

Click here for resources from past events!

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Recommended Resources:

Articles and books to read
       On being an anti-racist parent
       On anti-racism in the workplace
Podcasts and clips
Books for kids
School desegregation and equity
Other resources to keep you engaged
Organizations/places to donate
Past events
Other tips

Have a tween or teen at home? Also check out our roundup of Anti-Racism Resources for Tweens, Teens, and their Parents.

Read Park Slope Parents' statement on Black Lives Matter here.

 

Articles:

 

Structural Racism in America: Watch, Listen, Explore, from the Brooklyn Historical Society
Clips, audio, and words to help you understand how systemic racism manifests in all aspects of society, including policing, healthcare, housing, and urban life.

 

75 Things White People Can Do For Racial Justice, by Corinne Shutack on Medium

 

Nothing to add: A challenge to white silence in racial discussions, by Robin DiAngelo in the Understanding, Connecting and Respecting: White Privilege Conference
What parents say: "For anyone who is uncomfortable about talking about race, I read this really great paper last week that I recommend checking out.  It’s called “Nothing to add: A challenge to white silence in racial discussions.”  I found it to be really helpful in making me feel like I CAN be a part of these conversations, and how to do it without inadvertently offending people (really my biggest fear of talking about anything controversial)."

 

My White Friend Asked Me on Facebook to Explain White Privilege. I Decided to Be Honest by Lori Lakin Hutcherson in Yes! Magazine
What parents say: "Have you read this cogent, straight-forward and very honest explanation of white privilege that I think brings it home and makes it impossible to not understand? Although I have very mixed feelings about the whole subject and how often it is difficult it is to have reasonable and respectful debate, I do find this piece really compelling."

 

White Lips to White Ears, by Matt Gonzales on Embrace Race

 

When you understand but can’t speak, just eat pupusas, by Rebecca Paredes on The Blend, a HelloGiggles vertical about the mixed experience

 

12 Black Mental-Health and Wellness Resources to Follow on Instagram, by Lauren Valenti

 

What is Owed, by Nikole Hannah-Jones in the New York Times Magazine
If true justice and equality are ever to be achieved in the United States, the country must finally take seriously what it owes black Americans.

 

The Familial Language of Black Grief, by Jemar Tisby in The Atlantic

 

Whose Grief? Our Grief, by Saeed Jones in GQ

 

Alternatives to Calling the Police, from The Responsible Consumer

 

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Books:

 

10 Books About Race To Read Instead Of Asking A Person Of Color To Explain Things To You, by Sadie Trombetta on Bustle

 

Recommended reading on anti-racism and education, a compilation by Greenlight Bookstore

 

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, by Carol Anderson
Anderson pulls back the veil that has long covered actions made in the name of democracy, fiscal responsibility, or protection against fraud, rendering visible the long lineage of white rage.

 

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis.

 

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
Claudia Rankine's bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media.

 

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo: The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged that serve to maintain racial inequality.

 

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How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi: In this New York Times best-selling book, instead of working with the policies and system we have in place, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it.


Also check out Kendi's Antiracist Reading List in the New York Times.

 

Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum
Beverly Daniel Tatum, a renowned authority on the psychology of racism, argues that straight talk about our racial identities is essential if we are serious about enabling communication across racial and ethnic divides.

 

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life.

 

 

 

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On being an anti-racist parent:

 

How do I make sure I'm not raising the next Amy Cooper? by Jennifer Harvey on CNN

 

How To Talk To Your Kids About White Privilege, by Chris Crass in mothermag.com
What parents say: "This article by my friend Chris Crass and his partner is a great resource for talking to kids about Whiteness and privilege.
At the end of the article there is a list of other resources for parents (including "Parenting for Liberation" and "Raising Race Conciouss Children"--both excellent resources)."

 

When My Beautiful Black Boy Grows from Cute to a Threat, by Georgina Dukes on AllMomDoes

 

To My White Mom Friends: Here’s How To Be An Ally, by Nikkya Hargrove on Scary Mommy

 

Your Kids Aren't Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup, by Katrina Michie on Pretty Good

 

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American Academy of Pediatrics Condemns Racism, Offers Advice for Families for How to talk to their Children

 

How to Educate your Children on Riots & Protests, by Reena B. Patel on Red Tricycle

 

Q&A: How To Talk To Kids About Black Lives And Police Violence, by Anya Kamenetz on NPR

 

Addressing Racial Injustice with Young Children, from Embrace Race
A Q&A with the three child and family psychologists who collaborated to write the children's book, "Something Happened in Our Town": A Child's Story About Racial Injustice.

 

Teaching Your Child About Black History, by Nefertiti Austin on PBS

 

16 ways to help children become thoughtful, informed, and BRAVE about race, from EmbraceRace

 

The unbearable grief of Black mothers, by A. Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez on Vox

 

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On anti-racism in the workplace

 

So you decided that your company or organization needs a #BlackLivesMatter statement..., by Wiktor Dynarski on LinkedIn

 

Twitter and Square Make Juneteenth a Company Holiday, by Neil Vigdor in the New York Times

 

Your Black Colleagues May Look Like They’re Okay — Chances Are They’re Not, by Danielle Cadet on Refinery29

 

Wall Street says it cares about diversity. But most big banks won’t share complete workforce data.,  by Renae Merle and Jena McGregor in the Washington Post

 

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Podcasts:

 

Longest Shortest Time: How to Not Accidentally Raise a Racist
Longest Shortest Time: White Guilt and Other Crazy Shit
What parents say: "Here are two more podcasts—one podcast, two episodes organized around helping white parents improve their conversations about race. The show is good overall, too, and I'd recommend its early archives to new parents."

 

On Point Radio: How To Talk To Your Kids About Race, Racism And Police Violence
Melissa Giraud and Andrew Grant-Thomas of EmbraceRace speak with Christian Cooper and On Point host Meghna Chakarabti about how to talk to kids about race, racism and police violence.

 

Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast features movement voices, stories, and strategies for racial justice.

 

Raising White Kids with Jennifer Harvey, from Integrated Schools: What is a healthy racial identity for a White person, and how do we help our White children develop one?

 

Scene on the Radio: Seeing White
What parents say: "I would just like to second the recommendation for the Seeing White series from the podcast "Scene on Radio." If there was a Pulitzer for podcasts, it ought to go to this series. You could hardly think of a more vital topic right now than the work whiteness does in the world, and the making of racial categories and practices in this country more broadly. Plus the ideas are handled with humility, brains, and faultless radio erudition."
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What parents say: "I also recommend 'Seeing White'. I listen to many podcasts and have read numerous books and articles about racial justice and 'Seeing White' has been one of the most illuminating learning experiences I have had. I realize how much detailed information I was NOT given in school about the construct of race and the highly oppressive history of the United States that unfortunately still persists. It is not geared for children, but having listened to it I am more equipped to talk about these issues with my 11 year old. If you listen to it and agree that it is helpful and important, please spread the word. This could be a game changer if enough people (particularly white folks) listen to this, talk about it, and take action."

 

Intersectionality Matters!:  A podcast hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw, an American civil rights advocate and a leading scholar of critical race theory.

 

Pod for the Cause, from The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights

 

Code Switch: A Prescription For "Racial Imposter Syndrome"A Prescription For "Racial Imposter Syndrome"
Code Switch: 'Racial Impostor Syndrome': Here Are Your Stories

 

Still Processing: Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham are working it out on this New York Times podcast.

 

1619: A New York Times audio series on how slavery has transformed America, connecting past and present through the oldest form of storytelling.

 

Teaching While White:  TWW seeks to move the conversation forward on how to be consciously, intentionally, anti-racist in the classroom.

 

Pod Save the People: Organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson explores news, culture, social justice, and politics with fellow activists Brittany Packnett Cunningham and Sam Sinyangwe, and writer Dr. Clint Smith.

 

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Clips:

Systemic Racism Explained, from act.tv

 

Jim Crow explained, by BrainPOP
This page also has lots of worksheets, challenges, and quizzes for further education on the history of segregation.

 

To All the Little Black Girls With Big Names (Dedicated to Quvenzhane' Wallis), a poem by Sha'Condria "iCon" Sibley

 

An Anti-Racism Conversation for All of Us: Dr. Jennifer Harvey speaks about raising active and able allies.

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Also download this community guide based on Dr. Harvey’s Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America to help you facilitate group conversations after watching the talk.

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"How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion": Peggy McIntosh at TEDxTimberlaneSchools

 

Black Feminism & the Movement for Black Lives: Barbara Smith, Reina Gossett, Charlene Carruthers, from National LGBTQ Task Force

 

Privilege/Class/Social Inequalities Explained in a $100 Race

 

TEDx talk by Vernā Myers: How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them

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Recommendations for board books featuring POC:

Please support our local community bookstores if you can!

Greenlight Bookstore

Community Bookstore

Cafe con Libros

The Brooklyn Public Library also has tons of ebooks and audiobooks available digitally if you have a library card!

A is for Activist

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Ada Twist, Scientist

Amazing Grace (Mary Hoffman)

B Is for Brooklyn

Baby Dance (Taylor/van Heerden)

Baby Goes to Market (Atinuke)

Baby Loves Gravity

Baby Loves Aerospace Engineering

Baby Loves Coding

Be Boy Buzz

Before John was a Jazz Giant (Carole Boston Weatherford)

Bippity Bop Barbershop

Be Kind (Pat Zietlow Miller)

be kind

Black Is a Rainbow Color

Chocolate Me

Corduroy

Counting on Community

Daddy Calls Me Man

Dreaming Up (Christy Hale)

dreaming up

Flower Garden (Eve Bunting)

Girl of Mine

Global Baby Girls

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn

Grandpa Cacao: A Tale of Chocolate, from Farm to Family

Hair Love

Hands Up! (Breanna J. McDaniel)

Happy to be Nappy

He's Got The Whole World In His Hands

I Am Love (Susan Verde)

I Can Do it Too (Karen Baicker)

I Got the Rhythm

I Like Myself (Karen Beaumont)

I Love My Hair (Tarpley/Lewis)

i love my hair

I'm a Brilliant Little Black Boy (Drummond)

I'm A Pretty Little Black Girl

Islandborn

Jabari Jumps

Jafta (Hugh Lewis)

Juna's Jar

Kindness Makes Us Strong

Last Stop on Market Street

last stop

Leila in Saffron

Little Leaders: Bold Woman in Black History

Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World

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Little People Big Dreams series

Mae Among the Stars

My Heart Fills with Happiness

One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree

One Love (Marley/Brantley-Newton)

Peaceful Fights for Equal Rights

Peekaboo Morning

Peter’s Chair (Ezra Jack Keats)

Please, Baby, Please

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Please, Puppy, Please

Pretty Brown Eyes

Princess Hair

Rapunzel (Chloe Perkins)

Sail Away: Poems by Langston Hughes

Shades of Black

She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World

Sofia Valdez, Future Prez

So Much (Trish Cooke)

Some Days (Karen Kaufman Orloff)

Soup Day

Ten Nine Eight

Thank You, Omu!

The Color of Us

the color of us

The Little Red Stroller

The Lola Books

The Princess and the Pea

The Ring Bearer

The Skin You Live In

The Snowy Day

snowy day

Thunder Boy Jr.

Trombone Shorty

We're Different, We're the Same

Whistle for Willie

Whose Knees are These

Whose Toes are Those

Yesterday I had the Blues

You Can Do It Too (Karen Baicker)

You Matter (Christian Robinson)

 

Further reading for young ones:

 

Reading for slightly older kids:

 

New Kid (Jerry Craft),  a graphic novel about starting over at a new school where diversity is low and the struggle to fit in is real.

Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness (Anastasia Higginbotham), a picture book about racism and racial justice, inviting white children and parents to become curious about racism, accept that it's real, and cultivate justice.

Something Happened in Our Town: A Child's Story About Racial Injustice (Ann Hazzard, Marianne Celano, and Marietta Collins) follows two families — one White, one Black — as they discuss a police shooting of a Black man in their community.

 

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Reading lists and resources:

An awesome reading list for kids age 0–12, with recommendations for books that address race, power, and privilege

31 Children's books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance

A growing Google doc featuring diverse books, writers of color, links to book lists, and more educational resources!

BKLYN BookMatch: A Black Lives Matter Reading List for Teens

These Books Can Help You Explain Racism and Protest to Your Kids

Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners

Ezra Jack Keats Award Winners

Broadening the Story: 60 Picture Books Starring Black Mighty Girls

1000 Black Girl Books Resource Guide

24 Children's Books To Read To Your Kids In Honor Of Black History Month

28 great Black History Month books for kids

American Indians in Children's Literature Best Books of 2018

A Diverse #SummerReading List For Kids

The NYPL released a Juneteenth book list for young readers

5 Black Children’s Authors and Illustrators You Should Know

How to Diversify Your Child’s Bookshelves

The Brown Bookshelf

We Need Diverse Books

The Conscious Kid

 

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School desegregation and equity

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The Problem We All Live With - Part One
Nikole Hannah-Jones, the host of this podcast, is a New York Times Magazine reporter and an expert on school segregation.

The Fight to Desegregate New York Schools, an episode from the New York Times' The Weekly

Choosing a School for My Daughter in a Segregated City, by Nikole Hannah-Jones in the New York Times
What parents say: "My reaction to earlier emails was similar to what [a previous poster] shared in his post, and I appreciate the thoughtful points he laid out. Between that post and the email from [another poster about segregation in New York public schools] (thanks to both of you!), I was reminded to go back and reread last summer's NYTimes Magazine piece from Nikole Hannah-Jones."

When White Parents Won’t Integrate Public Schools, by Mimi Kirk on CityLab

Information on School Diversity in NYC from the New York City Council

Do NYC Schools Represent their Districts? by Daryl Hornick-Becker, Jack Mullan and Marija Drobnak on the Citizens' Committee for Children of New York blog

The Paradox of Choice: How School Choice Divides New York City Elementary Schools, report from The New School Center for New York City Affairs

Integrated Schools
Integrated Schools is growing a grassroots movement of, by and for parents who are intentionally, joyfully and humbly enrolling their children in integrating schools.

Coalition for Equitable Schools
What parents say: "There is a googlegroup specifically for sharing ideas around increasing diversity, equity, and integration within and between district 15 public schools:  d15schools.org. And a Facebook page as well (scroll down a bit)."

New York Appleseed
What parents say: "Also, I don't know whether anyone's mentioned this (I haven't caught the entire thread), but there's an organization, New York Appleseed, working on the issue of school desegregation. I heard a great talk by Matt Gonzalez, director of school diversity for the group, at the last #GetOrganizedBK meeting. The organization was involved in the plans for inclusion at P.S. 133 and has some very interesting ideas."

 

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Other resources to keep you engaged:

People who are sharing and compiling great resources, including reading materials.

 

Black Lives Matter Resources
Toolkits on healing action, conflict resolution, and more.

 

Anti-racism resources by by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein
This document is intended to serve as a resource to white people and parents to deepen our anti-racism work.

 

Racial Justice Responses June 2020 by Action Group Network
A growing compilation of places to donate by state, events and actions, and readings and resources.

 

Resources and Tools Regarding Racism and Anti/Blackness & How to Be a Better Ally
A comprehensive list of more than 150 articles and resources to help you educate yourself and figure out where to direct your donations.

 

Center for Racial Justice in Education (formerly Border Crossers)
What parents say: "Border Crossers have compiled a comprehensive reading list: Talking to Young People about Charlottesville and White Supremacy Resources for Educators and Parents."
"Border Crossers periodically has workshops on How to talk to Kids about Race for Parents. They fill up quickly. If a group doesn't come together through PSP you could inquire with Border Crossers -perhaps they could help organize a group. I attended a workshop in August.  At the end people shared emails so I think it's possible some kind of group was forming. The workshop focused very much on White Privilege and the history of oppression in the US, recognizing it, how to talk about it with kids, of color and not, etc.  People of all races were present and participated openly in the discussion. I highly recommend it."

 

New York Collective of Radical Educators

 

Center for the Study of White American Culture
These folks have workshops as well (which fill up fast). 

 

The Conscious Kid
The Conscious Kid features children's books, research & resources for parents/educators to reduce bias, promote social justice & empower youth.

 

Raising Race Conscious Children
A resource to support adults who are trying to talk about race with young children. Many of the blog's posts are geared toward White people but a community of guest bloggers represent diverse backgrounds and the strategies discussed may be helpful for all.

 

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, by Peggy McIntosh

 

Daily Effects of White Privilege, gleaned from the original essay by Peggy McIntosh
What parents say: "Everyone should it. Very eye-opening. The great thing about this particular document is that it has a list of the “daily effects of white privilege” and great notes for facilitators. It’s 30 years old but most of it is still dead on. If your kids are older you can read the list to your children; it’s a great conversation starter. If your kids are young, read it and digest it so that as they grow you can help them.
If you’ve read it before, read it again—I get something new out of it every time I digest it."

 

26 Ways To Be In The Struggle Beyond The Streets
A list of concrete ways you can support liberation today.

 

A Partial Map of Black-led Black Liberation Organizing

 

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Black Lives Matter resources roundup from Zoella

 

Black Lives Matter at School

 

Family Toolkit for Racial Justice

 

#EndWhiteSilence Week of Action Toolkit
Straightforward steps and advice for white people looking to take action and protest against racial injustice.

 

The Critical 6—questions to think through during discussions about race, privilege and power:

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Brooklyn Community Bail Fund
Brooklyn Community Bail Fund is committed to challenging the racism, inequality, and injustice of a criminal legal system and immigration and deportation regime that disproportionately target and harm low-income communities of color.

Brooklyn Movement Center
BMC brings together residents of Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights to identify issues of importance to them, build power and improve conditions in their community.

 

Equality for Flatbush
Equality for Flatbush (E4F) is a people of color-led, multi-national grassroots organization that does anti-police repression, affordable housing and anti-gentrification/anti-displacement organizing in Flatbush, East Flatbush and Brooklyn-wide.

The Audre Lord Project
The Audre Lorde Project is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People of Color community organizing center, focusing on the New York City area.

 

For more, including national organizations, check out 137 Ways to Donate in Support of Black Lives and Communities of Color and A criminal justice expert’s guide to donating effectively right now.

Some great places to donate include:
Color of Change
Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
Black Voters Matter Fund
Embrace Race
The Conscious Kid
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

 

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Resources from past events:

 

Friday, June 19 (Juneteenth): Juneteenth is the most popular annual celebration of emancipation from slavery in the United States. It refers to June 19, 1865, when—almost two and a half years after the implementation of the Emancipation Proclamation—the last enslaved African Americans in Texas finally learned that they were free. For more on the history and significance of this holiday, read What Is Juneteenth? on The Root. For kids, check out this Juneteenth explainer video and these Juneteenth book lists from Black & Bookish and Colours of Us.

Monday, June 8, 2:00 pm: Tough Talks: Unpacking White Privilege & Raising Anti-Racist Children webinar with HeyMama

Saturday, June 6, 10:00 am: Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism. A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Kids and Families
The show talked to kids about racism, the recent nationwide protests, embracing diversity and being more empathetic and understanding.

Friday, June 5, 8:30 pm: “I [STILL] can’t breathe”: Supporting kids of color amid racialized violence"
Webinar with Embrace Race and Dr. Allison Briscoe-Smith

Thursday, June 4, 7:00 pm: Kidlit Rally for Black Lives
Organized by award-winning authors Kwame Alexander, Jacqueline Woodson and Jason Reynolds.

Tuesday, June 2, 5:30 pm: Students Unite! Justice for Ahmaud Arbery
Brooklyn Friends School welcomed iRunWithMaud Committee Founding Members Akeem Baker, Demetris Frazier, Jason Vaughn, Josiah “Jazz” Watts, and Pastor John Richards via Zoom to share their message with students and school communities across the country.

 

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Other tips:

Patronize Black-owned businesses in the local area.
Here's a growing spreadsheet of Black-owned restaurants, bars, bakeries, wine stores, coffee shops, and pop-ups in New York!

Explore and educate yourself on Black history in the local area.
Untapped New York has an article on 33 Black History Sites to Discover in NYC to get you started.

Seek out organizations at your school.
What parents say: "Also join the Diversity Committee at your school. Many are now networked and are sharing resources and activism."