The Chapman community strives to provide a safe and inclusive environment for all families. This infographic shows how your kids are never too young to talk about race. Below are recommended resources to learn more about racial equity and social justice. If you have feedback on the list below or more recommended material, please let us know.
BOOKS FOR CHILDREN
Diverse Book Finder – The Diverse Book Finder is a comprehensive collection of children’s picture books featuring Black and Indigenous people and People of Color (BIPOC).
Multnomah County Library staff-created list: 2019 Talking Equity and Social Justice. Books for Grade K-12 Multcolib Assignments
Social Justice Books – A carefully selected list of multicultural and social justice books for children, young adults, and educators
You Don’t Know Everything, Jill P, by Alex Gino – A fiction book for children and parents new to the conversation about Black Lives Matter and racist policing
READING FOR ADULTS
Me and White Supremacy, by Layla F. Saad
How to be an Anti-Racist, by Ibram X. Kendi
Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander
Article in The Atlantic, The Racist History of Portland, the Whitest City in America
Op-ed in The Beacon, OPINION: I’m racist, so are you. White people, let’s improve.
Take the Implicit Association Test done by Harvard and check and reflect upon your implicit bias
This article offers findings from the recent “Identity Matters” Study led by Sesame Workshop, show white parents rarely talk about race with their children, especially compared to parents of color. In addition, the survey found children of color experience negative comments about their identity at school much more than white children do. Pages 26-34 in the report discuss the group differences in survey results. The findings may not surprise you, and reinforce the importance of parents, particularly white parents, talking about race and racism with children.
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo. Edited/added: This has been a popularly recommended book but has also recently received criticism.
Resources for talking to kids about racism and police violence
From Kira Parker at Raising Equity, a short video on talking to white kids about racism and the news
‘How White Parents Can Talk About Race’, NPR interview with Jennifer Harvey, author ‘Raising White Kids’
From the Center of Racial Justice, resources for talking about race, racism and racialized violence
EmbraceRace (https://www.embracerace.org/), an organization that has created a variety of content aimed at helping build a just and equitable community
Archived interview and discussion with the authors of the book Something Happened in Our Town written by three child psychologists. Listen to this webinar (or read the transcript) talking to young children about racial injustice.
The Barefoot Mommy: Raising Kid Activitists – https://www.rebekahgienapp.com/ – Aimed at helping white parents raise anti-racist children, this blog is full of practical tips:
- If talking to your children about race feels hard, read overcoming anxiety so that you can talk to kids about race effectively.
- If you’re a Black parent who’s weighed down with pain right now, Parenting for Liberation is an excellent resource.
This article is a bit more clinical but is also very informative: https://www.kappanonline.org/conversations-children-race-childhood-racism-hagerman/
Resources for getting involved
Take at least one of the actions that the Movement for Black Lives is calling for related to the murder of George Floyd. Sign petitions, make calls, write emails, or donate.
Dear White People, This is What You Can Do, from Kandi Dish
Don’t Shoot Portland – Follow Don’t Shoot Portland to find out about vigils, protests, bail funds, and other ways to support local activists fighting the same issues here in Portland.
Commissioner Joann Hardesty on Twitter – Portland Commissioner Hardesty’s words about the murders of George Floyd, Breona Taylor, Ahmaud Aubery and what the city is doing to work for justice. She also offers suggestions too for ways that families can be a part of preventing violence against Black Oregonians from continuing.
Resources for helping make sense of protests against police violence right now
Former President Obama’s words about the protests against violence against Black americans: https://www.obama.org/updates/this-shouldnt-be-normal/
From basketball legend Karem Abdul-Jabar, his op-ed to the Los Angeles Times explaining to non-Black folks about racism in America and why the protests are happening: https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2020-05-30/dont-understand-the-protests-what-youre-seeing-is-people-pushed-to-the-edge
For helping your child understand the anger of protesters and how to find grace when buildings are destroyed, an article about the owner of Gandhi Mahal, a restaurant that was destroyed during protests in Minneapolis: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/mollyhensleyclancy/minneapolis-protest-george-floyd-gandhi-mahal
13th, a documentary on the 13th amendment, exploring the history of racial inequality in the United States.
Just Mercy, based on the true story of civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson (now streaming for free on Amazon)
I Am Not Your Negro, documentary by James Baldwin on black history starting from the Civil Rights movement to the present Black Lives Matter (now streaming for free on Amazon)
Oct. 28 – Restorative Conversation on Racial Equity and Social Justice
6:00 – 8:00 PM | Chapman
Child care and food provided.
Nov. 12 – PTA Meeting
6:00 – 7:30 PM | Chapman Library (room 17)
Food and childcare provided.
4th Tuesdays – Embrace Race: Talking Race & Kids
Every 4th Tuesday, this free, online series provides insight, resources and discussion on a range of topics related to race and children. Register to join.
Chapman Parent Advocacy Group
Parents have joined together to advocate for to ensure the security of the students at Chapman. We are stronger together in numbers. To get involved in this initiative or learn more, contact Nancy Wynne.
DEI Book Club
Chapman parents have formed a book club focusing on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to be come more aware and to start and have conversations on DEI. They are planning to pick one of the materials (possibly from below) and meet one evening a month to discuss. If you’re interested, contact Kate Armstrong.