"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite." - Nelson Mandela
The horrific events that took the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, as well as many others, are not isolated to this year—these killings personify systemic failures in our society and have deeply affected us and our communities. The calls for racial justice and equity have sparked a global discussion, acknowledging how much work needs to be done, and we’re again left wondering how we can have the necessary and honest conversations with our children about racism in America.
These critical topics can be difficult to address with our youngest learners, but we are here to help you teach this new generation. These resources from PBS and PBS KIDS are intended to be used in discussion with children, but they are also valuable tools for anyone who is committed to learning more about how to be anti-racist.
1) A Call to Action for White Educators Who Seek to Be Anti-Racist | PBS Education
We are all learning and unlearning during this time. Through educating ourselves, we can educate one another and reach a place of understanding.
2) 13 Children's Books About Race and Diversity | PBS KIDS for Parents
Sometimes books say it best. When we read, we can see ourselves in new characters and learn from other’s experiences. Spend part of reading time with your little ones discussing vital topics with these great selections.
3) How to Talk Honestly with Children About Racism | PBS KIDS for Parents
Dr. Aisha White, director of the P.R.I.D.E Program within the Office of Child Development at University of Pittsburgh, offers seven tips to help parents prepare for difficult conversations around inclusion and understanding.
4) How Black Art Can Spark Conversations with Children | PBS KIDS for Parents
A picture can say a thousand words, and art can help express our emotions. Incorporating Black art celebrates its rich history and can inspire generations to come.
5) Confronting Anti-Black Racism | PBS LearningMedia
Part of being anti-racist is calling out racism when we see it. Get equipped with the proper tools to handle these challenging conversations.
6) Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism | Sesame Street and CNN
We can be better together. Learn more with our friends from Sesame Street!