Raising an Anti-Racist Child

Do you want to be part of the solution to the inequity that exists in our country? If so, one of the best things you can do is raise your child to be anti-racist. Join our conversation with Tiffany Jewell, the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, This Book is Anti-Racist and The Anti-Racist Kid.

In this episode, we cover:

  • I think most parents would say they want to raise an anti-racist child, but saying is easier than doing?
  • At what age do kids notice race? And does this age differ in the US depending on the child’s skin color?
  • Why not teach our kids to be colorblind?
  • How do the books we read, the movies we watch, the friends we make, the doctors we visit, and the conversations we have at home all shape our children’s views of race?
  • What’s the difference between not being racist and being anti-racist?
  • Is there a difference between how a White parent and a Black parent should approach raising an anti-racist child?
  • Practical Tips for Parents:
    • Supplement your child’s education with books and documentaries.
    • Don’t shy away from conversations about race.
    • Use books: Look for a wide variety of genres and voices when choosing your children’s books:
      • Black main characters that are positive
      • Asian, Latinx, East Asian, and Indigenous main characters
      • Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) characters in everyday life
      • BIPOC characters overcoming oppression/racism
      • Black and white kids crossing a racial divide and showing positive interactions across differences
      • A mix of books set in the past and the present
      • A mix of fiction and biographies
      • Books that specifically talk about racism
      • Give particular emphasis to authors who share the same race as their characters.
    • Use professionals of color: doctors, dentists, dry cleaners, etc.
    • Join your P.T.A., go to school board meetings, learn more about the curriculum and how the history of race and racism is taught in your schools.


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Music Credit: Michael Ashworth

Podcast Producer: Megown SoundWorks

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