The curriculum I created for my children: Combating “Why is the bad guy brown?”

by guest blogger Martha Haakmat My teenage daughters now tease me about the number of times the words “diversity” and “race” came up at our dinner table as they grew up in our family. My middle daughter does an imitation…

What I tell my son about the sexist media

by guest blogger Janet Alperstein After attending “Fiddler on the Roof” my eight-year-old Jewish Day School-educated son, made it his business to memorize the verse about the sons in “Tradition:” “At three I started Hebrew school, at ten I learned…

Preparing children for critical race consciousness: A resource for parents and teachers

Preparing children for critical race consciousness: A resource for parents and teachers

by guest blogger Dr. Elford Rawls-Dill, PhD  I can still remember reading the words penned by Paulo Freire, “…No one is born fully-formed: it is through self-experience in the world that we become what we are.” I first read these…

De-segregation is not enough: Why building strong, integrated schools matters

De-segregation is not enough: Why building strong, integrated schools matters

by Sahba Rohani At Community Roots Charter School in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, where I work as the director of community development, we have ten years of experience running a purposefully integrated school. That’s been possible for a few reasons. Home…

Paul Kivel's Suggestions for White Racial Justice Parenting

Paul Kivel’s Suggestions for White Racial Justice Parenting

by guest blogger Paul Kivel Do you talk about racism where you live? Talking about racism is not easy for most of us to do. Few of us grew up in homes where racism or other difficult and emotional issues…

The Value of Black Bodies: talking with my Black son about race based violence

The Value of Black Bodies: talking with my Black son about race based violence

by Lori Taliaferro Riddick This past weekend my family watched the start of NBA free agency, when NBA players choose their teams and as players moved to new cities, we watched fans display their indignation by burning jerseys. We have…

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…

A letter to my 16-year-old son about his privilege

A letter to my 16-year-old son about his privilege

by guest blogger Jen Cort Dear Son, When you were younger, you came home from school upset because a teacher had said: “All of the Quakers were dead.” Being Quaker, you described feeling unseen and wanted me to correct the…

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,…