Telling my White four-year-old about Alton Sterling and Philando Castile

Telling my White four-year-old about Alton Sterling and Philando Castile

by Sachi Feris The past 24-hours have been wrought with power struggles between me and my four-year-old, leading to emotions running high for both of us. In response to this, we have been brainstorming strategies for dealing with emotions of…

Dissent is patriotic: July 4th and my four-year-old

Dissent is patriotic: July 4th and my four-year-old

by Sachi Feris In planning a special sleepover night in which my four-year-old would stay up late at my mom’s to watch Macy’s fireworks, I asked my daughter: “Do you know want to know what this July 4th fireworks celebration is…

My daughter’s rainbow dress: “In support of all queer and gay people”

My daughter’s rainbow dress: “In support of all queer and gay people”

by Sachi Feris My daughter was two-and-a-half in the fall of 2014 when Michael Brown and Eric Garner and Black Lives Matter were all over the news. During those months, I wrote a post entitled, “How I would talk to…

Undoing the myth of White=beauty: Reading Snow White to my daughter

Undoing the myth of White=beauty: Reading Snow White to my daughter

by Sachi Feris A friend had been staying in our apartment while we were on vacation and left some Disney-version fairytale books from her Spanish class for my then-two-and-a-half-year-old daughter. Among them, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” which my…

"Who lived here before?": Brooklyn's changing skyline

“Who lived here before?”: Brooklyn’s changing skyline

by Sachi Feris My daughter has picked up many a book (from my children’s book collection that preceded her birth) that was too long or complicated for her present age and insisted that I read it to her. One such…

“People decide for themselves how they want to identify” or dismantling the gender binary with my children

“People decide for themselves how they want to identify” or dismantling the gender binary with my children

by Sachi Feris The other day I overheard my mom reading a board book of “first words” to my eight-month-old son. On the first fold of the book, she read: “girl” and then “boy.” “When we read,” I told my…

What’s tone got to do with it? (when you’re talking about race and other issues of justice)

What’s tone got to do with it? (when you’re talking about race and other issues of justice)

by Sachi Feris The other day my dad was visiting and I overheard an exchange between him and my daughter around the brushing of her teeth. My dad kept turning the water off, impressing upon my daughter the importance of…

Staceyann and Zuri Chin’s Living Room Protests: A conversation with Staceyann

Staceyann and Zuri Chin’s Living Room Protests: A conversation with Staceyann

by Sachi Feris Performance artist Staceyann Chin and her four-year-old daughter, Zuri, have been modeling powerful conversations about positive racial identity, gender identity, children’s rights, human rights, and many other important topics over the past year. These conversations are child-centric,…

Chocolate, slave labor, my four-year-old, and our local supermarket

Chocolate, slave labor, my four-year-old, and our local supermarket

by Sachi Feris Last Halloween, a friend posted this link on Facebook about child slave labor in the cocoa industry (in West Africa). As a chocolate-obsessed person, I was embarrassed that this injustice was not on my radar. Since then,…

SURJ MAY DAY ACTION WITH CHILDREN TOOLKIT

SURJ MAY DAY ACTION WITH CHILDREN TOOLKIT

Raising Race Conscious Children is honored to have partnered with Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) to create this May Day Action with Children Toolkit. Below, you will find book suggestions and talking points/questions you can ask as you engage your children…