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.



In this article:

Recommended Resources:

Articles to read
Other resources to keep you engaged
Community groups/orgs


Articles to read:


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)."


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


Nothing to add: A challenge to white silence in racial discussions, by Robin DiAngelo in the Undersatnding, 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."


The ABCs of how to talk to your child about differences – For Parents by Jaime F Jin Lewis in Border Crossers


The ABCs of how to talk to your child about differences – For Parents in Border Crossers




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."


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."
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."


Other resources to keep you engaged:

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

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."
What parents say: "I haven’t read all the articles on this doc, but it looks like a great starting point for thought and discussion."
What parents say: "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."


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


 Community Groups/ Organizations:


D15 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."


Other tips:

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."