Lead By Example: Educational Resources And Books About Race And Racism For Parents

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Striving for racial equality is not a trend but a life-long commitment, one that will give rise to the best possible future for our children.

As we try and teach our kids about prejudice and inclusivity, it's important that we are educating ourselves too along the way. That might involve processes of unlearning, questioning and holding ourselves accountable, but these are all important steps to becoming the best caregivers possible for our children. Thankfully, there are loads of wonderful resources circulating at the moment to make these potentially-daunting commitments a little less overwhelming and a lot more accessible.

With the help of so many great platforms, we've put together a list various resources that we have been using to learn about racial injustice ourselves and which have helped us articulate these issues to our children, including books, films, TV shows, podcasts, social media accounts and more. There's always more to learn and more work we can all do, so if you have any feedback or additional suggestions as of June 2020 then do email into hello@kidadl.com. For children's resources, check out our list of 60 books to help kids learn about diversity.

Rather than a checklist or end in itself, we hope this compilation can help lay some informative foundations for us all to take forward into our actions, mindsets and our households.

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Books

I Am Not Your Baby Mother by Candice Brathwaite

I Am Not Your Baby Mother

An eye-opening insight into life as a black mother and the white-washing of maternity in British media.

Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum

Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria?

A glimpse into high school politics through the psychology of racism, where Tatum outlines our chance to break racial barriers from a young age.

Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race

Eddo-Lodge reclaims discussions of race from those who refuse to accept the legitimacy of institutionalised racism.  Despite being published in 2017, Eddo-Lodge became the first black woman to top the UK's non-fiction chart in June 2020 following the events of George Floyd's murder.

Me And White Supremacy by Layla F Saad

Me And White Supremacy

Teaching readers to accept and dismantle their own white privilege.

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

Girl, Woman, Other

Following the interconnected lives of twelve black British women over several decades.

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

White Fragility

DiAngelo encourages fellow white people to take a hard but necessary look into the mirror at our own racial assumptions and how we can confront them.

So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

So You Want To Talk About Race

Breaking down white privilege, supremacy and racial complexities with humour and clarity.

How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi

How To Be An Antiracist

Ibram X Kendi offers an eye-opening memoir that reshapes how we think and talk about race.

As sales for many of these titles surge, buying from independent and black-owned book shops is another way we can further support the call for diversification right now. Some of our favourites are Round Table Books, New Beacon Books and Books Of Africa, as well as No Ordinary Bookshop and This Is Book Love which are available online only. Where books are sold out, consider using your Audible free trial or sharing and borrowing from friends and family if it's safe to do so.

Films/TV

Sitting In Limbo

Sitting In Limbo

This newly-released BBC1 drama is a timely re-telling of just one of the injustices from Britain's Windrush scandal, where Caribbean migrant Anthony Bryan was wrongly detained and nearly deported after 50 years of living in the UK.

Teach Us All

Teach Us All

This 2017 documentary examines education inequality, the segregation of American schools and how we can work to amend it.

13th

13th

One-third of prisoners in the US are black. Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in America in this seminal Netflix documentary.

When They See Us

When They See Us

Based on a true story, this harrowing series follows a 1989 case where five Harlem teens were falsely accused of brutally attacking a woman in New York's Central Park.

The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

Based on the young adult novel,  The Hate U Give's film is another great option for teens and parents alike. Following a young African-American girl's search for answers after she witnesses a friend's shooting at the hands of the police.

Moonlight

Moonlight

An Oscar-winning coming-of-age film following a young African-American boy growing up in Miami.

Malcolm X, the movie

Malcolm X, The Movie

A tribute to the black activist and pioneer of the black liberation movement before his infamous assassination in 1965.

12 Years A Slave

12 Years A Slave

This epic depiction of Solomon Northup's slave memoir is as poignant now as it was at its 2013 release.

Podcasts

Make Motherhood Diverse

'An act of inclusion'; challenging the narrative of motherhood that we disproportionate see and hear.

Alright For A Mum

Alright For A Mum

Offering refreshing conversations about single motherhood. Check out their new episode 'Raising An Ally Alone', number 13 in the series.

Parenting Forward

Cindy Wang Brandt leads parents on a mission to dismantle their own biases. Her new 78th episode  'The ABC’s of Diversity' focuses on helping children embrace their differences.

Integrated Schools

Hard-hitting conversations about race, parenting and inequality in our schools. We found episode 13 of season 5, 'Raising White Kids with Jennifer Harvey', particularly insightful.

Good Ancestor Podcast

Good Ancestor Podcast

Thought-provoking conversations with change-makers seeking to be the best ancestors they can. Episode 11 features writer of White Fragility, Robin DiAngelo.

Code Switch

Fearless conversations from NPR exploring how race impacts every part of society.

About Race

Reni Eddo-Lodge's podcast takes her conversations in Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race one step further.

Social Media

Make Motherhood Diverse @makemotherhooddiverse

Challenging the story of motherhood you see on your feed.

Candice Brathwaite @candicebrathwaite

Mum blogger, founder of Make Motherhood Diverse and author of I Am Not Your Baby Mother helps offer a more accurate representation of young black families in the UK today.

The Conscious Kid @theconsciouskid

Educating both kids and parents through a racial lens.

Helping Kids Rise @helpingkidsrise

Increasing access to diverse and inclusive children's books.

Embrace Race @embracerace

A community striving to raise the bravest generation yet.

Black Lives Matter @blklivesmatter

Black Lives Matter

Follow the official pages of BLM to keep up to date on how you can take action.

Rachel Elizabeth Cargle @rachel.cargle

A hugely educational platform for adults to engage with racial discourses. Check out Cargle's eye-opening article Why You Need to Stop Saying “All Lives Matter” published in Harper's Bazaar.

Some More Crucial Articles

Videos To Help When Talking To Children

How to talk to your kids about Black Lives Matter

How to talk to your kids about race

Other Things We Can Do

Sign Petitions

Follow the active petitions of Colour Of Change.

Find petitions to diversify GCSE texts, teach Britain's colonial history in schools and more on change.org.

Black women in the UK are five times more likely to die during pregnancy and childbirth. FiveXMore is aiming to fix that with their petition to improve health care and maternal mortality rates.

Email & Speak Up

The Black Curriculum is aiming to re-imagine the future of education through black British history. You can help them take action quickly and effectively using their letter and email templates.

Donate

If you are in a position to donate, then this page from Black Lives Matter is a great place to start.

Support POC-Owned Businesses

Whilst it's something we probably do unthinkingly, how we spend our money is political. Help close racial wealth gaps and diversity your interactions by supporting businesses from people of colour.

Further Resources

We'd like to credit the resources below for offering such wonderful guidance, and encourage you to keep researching, reading and learning about issues of race with us.

A wonderfully interactive reading list to visit with your kids, created by Michelle Widawer Hamburger.

Interactive Reading

An "incomplete guide" but still hugely comprehensive document made by Lucy Song, including tips and print-out activities to help promote racial awareness with your children.

An amazing resource round-up by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein to assist white parents in raising anti-racist children.

Helping to facilitate conversations about race in schools.

Resources to help parents raise race-conscious children.

Proving that our kids aren't too young to talk about race.

A further springboard of books, films and podcasts to begin to educate yourself from.

Amplifying the voices of black writers for young readers.

You can download a guide to all of these resources by clicking below.

anti racism resources for parents

Header Image © Quentin Monge

Disclaimer

Disclaimer

At Kidadl we pride ourselves on offering families original ideas to make the most of time spent together at home or out and about, wherever you are in the world. We strive to recommend the very best things, that are suggested by our community and are things we would do ourselves - our aim is to be the trusted friend to parents. 

We try our very best, but cannot guarantee perfection. We will always aim to give you accurate information at the date of publication - however, information does change, so it's important you do your own research, double-check and make the decision that is right for your family.  

Kidadl provides inspiration for everything from family days out to online classes, arts, crafts and science experiments. We recognise that not all activities and ideas are appropriate and suitable for all children and families or in all circumstances. Our recommended activities are based on age but these are a guide. We recommend that these ideas are used as inspiration, that ideas are undertaken with appropriate adult supervision, and that each adult uses their own discretion and knowledge of their children to consider the safety and suitability.

Kidadl cannot accept liability for the execution of these ideas, and parental supervision is advised at all times, as safety is paramount. Anyone using the information provided by Kidadl does so at their own risk and we can not accept liability if things go wrong. 

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