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Parent News

Brief

Published By
Idessa R. Shed

April 2016
Volume IV: Issue I

“What do your kids know
about racism?”

Keep Calm and Stand
Against Racism

As a parent do you depend solely upon your child’s teacher to teach them
what they need to know and understand about racism? Do you understand
the weight that racism carries in our country and how it is tied to children’s
literature?............
Racism is alive and well today. Many parents have adopted the don’t ask,
don’t tell rule in regards to certain topics with their children and racism is at the
top of that list. In order to heal from racism, the safety rule of don’t talk about
it has to be broken. As parents and educators it is our job to educate our
children on racism. The young are first educated on racism in their homes.
Their beliefs come from those they love and trust. The challenging of racism
will require educators and families to implement oneness of humankind in our
schools and communities. Yes, children are taught about racism in school but
no, they do not get the full story behind racism and how it continues today.
There are children in school today that do not know that our current president,
Barack Obama is the first black American president. Many of the recent racist
acts such as the death of Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice and the Baltimore riots
are a mystery to children because our parents choose not to expose their child
to America’s history. At some point we have to unite and say enough is
enough and make our children aware of the matter at hand as they are our
future and hold the key to change.

Racism and Children’s Literature
Culturally diverse literature integrated in teaching allows the children the
opportunity to access a variety of books that reflect on the many different
ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic and linguistic groups that make up the many
different lives around the world. Children need to know and see that there are
many different races of people and no one race is any better than the other.
As we are thoughtful in selecting literature we add to the school’s curriculum,
we also must be thoughtful in considering students and their communities. We
need to paint the picture for our children that we are all created equal. The
racial and cultural diversity among children in the US is increasing rapidly. It is
imperative that parents and teachers know how to address these changes with
their children. Literature at early ages helps children to deal with challenging
issues such as racism. Children’s literature is a powerful tool for teaching
about racism. Many of our schools libraries only house books that contain
your typically American family, white mom and dad, 2 kids and a dog. America

is made up of so much more than just that and our children need to see it.
Let’s be the change our children need, let them read!

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