Talking to My Kids About Racism

Anti-Racism Parenting after loss

I sat my kids down today and we spoke about George Floyd and Regis Korchinski-Paquet. We talked about how there are good people and bad people in the world, and sometimes bad people will do harmful things to people with skin the colour of theirs.

We talked about how there are good police officers (some being personal friends) and how there are bad police officers who abuse their power.

We talked about why we won’t let them play with toy guns, even brightly coloured nerf ones, because simply put... they don’t have the same privilege as white kids.

We mentioned the words racism and privilege, black and white, death and dying.

We talked about how we need to love everyone and treat each other with respect. We talked about how we want the world to be a better place, and in order to do that we need to speak up and take a stand against injustices.

Was it a hard conversation? Yes.

Did I want to have it? No.

Was it necessary? Hell yes... and not just because my kids are black.

These conversations need to happen in every home with every child regardless of the colour of their skin.

Our children are the future and the question is... what kind of future do you want your kids to be living in?

If you’re looking for suggestions on where to start with your kids, I shared some books + resources here.

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