Posts Tagged "talking about race"

Class Talk III

Posted by on May 2, 2013 in Comics & Graphic Novels, Diverse & Global Books, For Children's Book Creators, For Educators | 2 comments

Class Talk III

Presenting my workshop, “Talking About Class,” at the White Privilege Conference in March (see previous 2 posts), was a powerful learning experience for me. The conference, with 2000 attendees, draws many with deep experience, knowledge and insight on issues of race and class, and the workshop was full of leaders who had significant insights to share. Here are some highlights of my learnings: 1. There are many entry points for addressing social class and economic status, and the approach should be geared to the particular group of children. For example, one teacher shared that...

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Racists = Bad People?

Posted by on Dec 1, 2011 in Changing White Mind, Diverse & Global Books, Race & Culture | 1 comment

Racists = Bad People?

Recently I’ve been collecting nonfiction children’s books (mostly from the 1990’s, mostly library discards) addressing racism, including these titles: What Do We Think About Racism?; Talking About Racism; Let’s Talk About Racism; What Do You Know About Racism; and How Do I Feel About Dealing with Racism.  As a group, the books have some useful information, but most define racism as a confusing umbrella term that includes prejudice based on ethnicity, culture, religion and nationality as well as race. But the biggest drawback shared by all the books is limiting the...

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But Then Again, They Can Get It from Us

Posted by on Oct 27, 2011 in Race & Culture | Comments Off on But Then Again, They Can Get It from Us

But Then Again, They Can Get It from Us

Just read a powerful post on Love Isn’t Enough entitled “They Learned It From Watching You,” originally posted at CocoaMamas.com. Author LaToya describes exclusionary play at the preschool where her daughter is the only African-American child. She shares her frustration at the school’s handling of the incidents which involved responding to the children who were excluded but not addressing the larger problem of the children who were doing the excluding, and what it was they were acting out. LaToya writes, “(L)et’s please recognize that these children learned this...

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They Didn’t Get That From Me!

Posted by on Oct 25, 2011 in Events & Presentations , Family & Friends, For Educators, Race & Culture | 2 comments

They Didn’t Get That From Me!

  In our joint school visits, as author Margy Burns Knight talks, I often sketch the face of an imagined child in each session, leaving the school with a group of portraits of diverse children. Several years ago, presenting our book Africa is Not a Country at a Maine school, I was sketching a series of children who could be from African countries. As the collection of portraits grew throughout the day, we asked students, “What do you notice about the pictures? What’s the same about the children? What’s different?”    A second grade boy pointed to the image of a...

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How to Talk About Race: A List of Books

Posted by on Oct 14, 2011 in Diverse & Global Books, Events & Presentations , For Children's Book Creators, For Educators, Race & Culture | Comments Off on How to Talk About Race: A List of Books

How to Talk About Race: A List of Books

Next week I’ll be leading an educators workshop and co-leading a community event on talking about race with children. A book sale will accompany the presentations, with a small selection of children’s books that are natural catalysts for starting a conversation on race. (Update: Here’s a short TV interview about the programs.) My co-presenter, Bates College psychology professor Krista Aronson, and I have identified three core categories of books that are useful in addressing race, in order of their developmental application: 1.  Celebration of differences (CD) Simply naming...

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