Teaching kids about race and racism - Resources for parents

Updated Jan 11, 2024
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You may have asked yourself if, or when, you need to talk to your child/ren about race. Studies have shown that race begins to become a factor in child development at just 3 months old (Kelly et al. 2005). So when it comes to when, the sooner the better. In fact, it not only needs to happen early, but continue as they grow and continue to experience new things.

Below are resources to help you discuss race and racism at home with your children. We have also compiled a list of resources for parents as it is not only important to teach our children about these issues, but also to get a deeper knowledge on systemic racism and anti-racism for ourselves.

*We will continue to update this post as we find new resources.*

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  • The Conscious Kid / @theconciouskid: An education, research, and policy organization dedicated to reducing bias and promoting positive identity development in youth. We partner with organizations, children’s museums, schools, and families across the country to promote access to children’s books centering on underrepresented and oppressed groups.

  • Dr. Traci Baxley / @socialjusticeparenting

  • Rachel Elizabeth Cargle / @rachel.cargle: Rachel Cargle is a public academic, writer, and lecturer. Her activism and academic work are rooted in providing intellectual discourse, tools, and resources that explore the intersection of race and womanhood.

  • The Great Unlearn: A community of everyday human beings committed to curiosity for what is possible in the world. Monthly self-paced syllabi curated by Rachel Cargle.

  • Dr. Traci Baxley / @socialjusticeparenting: Speaker. Belonging Advocate. Transracial Family Coach. Creating space for belonging at home while raising children who create belonging in the world.

Note: The content on this site is for informational purposes only and should not replace medical advice from your doctor, pediatrician, or medical professional. If you have questions or concerns, you should contact a medical professional.