Photo credit: Danielle Coke (@ohhappydani on Instagram)
This past week, I’ve spent more time on social media absorbing content around anti-racism and what is happening locally, as well as nationally. Like I know many of you did, I shifted gears from just following what is happening (the news) to working to gain a better understanding of why it continues to happen (systemic racism) and what I can do to be a better ally. One of the things now abundantly clear to my husband and meI is the fact we need to go beyond teaching our girls that “all people are good people” and “be kind to everyone”.
Below you’ll find a compilation of resources shared with me by our community, shared with me by others, and resources I found on social media/the Internet. If you have any others you would like to add, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This video is over a year old and explains the complex issue of Systemic Racism in an easy to understand way.
Source: The Conscious Kid, @theconsciouskid on Instagram. Adapted from the work of The Children’s Community School
Please note not all of our local officials have active public accounts. Below are examples of officials who are participating in the conversation. If I have missed any, please share and I can update the list.
Congresswoman Jahana Hayes (U.S. 5th District, covering the greater Danbury area)
Read her editorial published in the Hartford Courant on 6/5 here.
In addition, two residents of Newtown have created a Facebook page in hopes of fostering better dialogue in our community. The goal of the group is to educate and inform those in the community about the experiences of people of color, while supporting them and learning to be strong allies. You can join here.
Connecticut Freedom Trail Tour: More than 130 sites in over 50 towns.
Local stops on the tour: Click here for full list
Marian Anderson House – Danbury
Marian Anderson Studio – Danbury
Hopkins Street Center – Waterbury
Mary & Eliza Freeman Houses – Bridgeport
Walters Memorial A.M.E Zion Church – Bridgeport
Nero Hawley Gravesite – Trumbull
Institute for American Indian Studies, Washington Depot, CT
Links below are to each book’s description page on Amazon. Please note that many of these titles are currently out-of-stock or backordered.
Early Readers (0-3)
Preschoolers/ Early Elementary School (3 -6)
Independent Readers (6+)
For more extensive lists, please visit the following articles: 50 Children’s Books that Celebrate Diversity (from The Every Mom), 7 Books About Race (from Glamour), Socialjusticebooks.org for over 60 curated lists, and The Conscious Kid Anti-Racism Book Fund.
Miniland Dolls – Dolls that encourage social & cultural awareness through role/imaginative play.
LOVEVERY: Click here to listen to a podcast on talking to your child on race & racism.
Little Passports Subscription Boxes – Introduce your child to different parts of the world.
Diverse Toys for Kids – from The Everymom
Favorite Diversity Tools & Toys for Preschoolers & Kindergarteners – from Pocket of Preschool
13th (Ava DuVernay)
American Son (Kenny Leon)
Dear White People (Justin Simien)
See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol)
When They See Us (Ava DuVernay)
Blindspotting (Carlos Lopez Estrada)
If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins)
The Hate U Give (George Tillman, Jr)
King in the Wilderness
Available to Rent
Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975
Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu)
Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler)
I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin)
Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton)
Selma (Ava DuVernay)
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
Check out this Anti-Racism Google Document for a list of articles, podcasts, and organizations to follow on social media. One of our community members shared this with me, so a big thank you to her!
Child Mind Institute – childmind.org
Racism & Violence: How to Help Kids Handle the News
A Clinical Perspective on Talking to Kids About Racism