Resources on Race
Growing in faith means cultivating a vision for God's Reign and our role in it, together. The effects of racism are real in our society, and racial justice is a part of God's vision for healing and hope. This page is a landing place for resources that have helped us understand how to participate better in that purpose.
We aren't making statements about the parent organizations of these pages, but the content on the pages linked here is solid. For more information on our budding work to understand whiteness and racism and to work for a more just world, contact us.
Resources for Teaching Children
Here is a starting point for talking about race with your children. This list is non-exhaustive. In using any of these resources, if you do not espouse the particular views of the article, you may still find them useful for their information about child development and what children are capable of understanding.
Chart: ages and stages of kids’ perceptions of race This chart helps you understand your child's level of awareness of biological and social differences between people.
Parent Toolkit: How to Talk to Kids About Race and Racism A practical step-by-step, with tips and suggested language.
Talking With Children About Racism, Police Brutality and Protests This resource guides parents in talking about race, police brutality, and protests; divided by age group.
Video Overview of Systemic Racism Hear Veggie Tales creator Phil Vischer explain systemic racism in a way kids will be able to grasp, in 17 minutes. Simple language and visuals; would work well in sections with family conversation.
Antiracist Books for Kids There are tons of book lists out there, and I (Maria) can't personally recommend every one on this list - but it covers a wide range of diversity in a direct way and is a good place to start.
Diverse books with everyday stories Just like none of us can be distilled into one aspect of our identity, people of color are much larger than their racial struggle. There are probably thousands of this kind of books; may this be just a starting point.
Talking About Race portal This one should maybe be listed first. Published by the National Museum of African American History and Culture, it's a sort of self-guided curriculum for understanding race, racism, whiteness, antiracism, and much more. Extremely useful information for parents, not a lot of content that translates to kids.