Talking to White Kids About Race & Racism

May 31, 2019

We recently had the good fortune to work with Anne Hallward, host of Safe Space Radio. She contacted us a few months ago asking if we would consult with her on an upcoming project. We were happy to work as both editors and consultants, and are excited to announce that Safe Space Radio recently published the show entitled "Talking to White Kids About Race & Racism".

 

As of now, the series is being broadcast on 85 NPR stations in 25 states. You can check it out here.

 

One of the most powerful things to learn about is the differences between how black kids and white kids are raised by their parents. The following two quotes are from mothers who also work in the field of diversity, equity and inclusion:

 

"Talking about race is about keeping my children alive and keeping them safe." - Shay Stewart-Bouley

 

"You deserve to be comfortable." - Debby Irving

 

Can you guess which quote is by the woman of color?

 

The following is one of my favorite quotes from the radio show which really sums up the difference in approach to parenting: "My experience as a parent, as a black woman is that sometimes I am excessively, probably, on the mean side. My job is to toughen you up so that the outside world doesn’t break you, which becomes the opposite of what white parents do. Let me keep you safe, let me keep you in the bubble.” - Shay Stewart-Bouley

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