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Resources for Talking About Race and Racism with Children

by P.R.I.D.E. Team

We know how difficult beginning conversations about race with young children can be. That’s why P.R.I.D.E. exists — to help make those conversations happen in ways that are beneficial both for the children and the important adults in their lives. At our recent Speaker Series, Dr. Erin Winkler, an expert on race and children, shared with us resources that parents and educators can use to begin and further discussions about race with their young children.

Started in 2016, Embrace Race provides videos, tip sheets, and more for parents looking to engage children in discussions about race. P.R.I.D.E. director Dr. Aisha White was featured in their Ask Embrace series, where parents can submit questions to be answered by an expert.

Dr. Winkler’s article dispelling the common misconception that children do not see color has been instrumental in informing the work we do at P.R.I.D.E.

There is a reason we cite Dr. Winkler so often; her work is not only groundbreaking in the field, but accessible to everyone. This is a very useful article for those looking for practical ways to begin conversations about race.

We often receive questions from parents asking how they can be better allies. This article from Today’s Parent offers ways in which white parents can fight for equity in education.

Resources leading to resources! Mother and author Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich delivers compelling advice and helpful book recommendations for both children and adults.

With a strong online community, Raising Race Conscious Children is a space where parents can learn and grow together, with interactive webinars offered regularly. 

Aimed, perhaps not surprisingly, at teachers, Teaching Tolerance has a wealth of information about a variety of topics, including race and ethnicity. The organization even has resources to help teachers broach subjects like “Why Teaching Black Lives Matters Matters” and “Discussing Whiteness.”

Do you have resources you think we should know about? Email them to RacePRIDE@pitt.edu.

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