Addressing Race And Racism With Non-Black Children

We know it might not be easy but it can (and should) be done

Issues of race and racism can sometimes make for uncomfortable conversations. And in an ideal world, there would be no need for such discussions.

The bad news? We don't live in an ideal world. The good news? Parents of young, non-black children have the opportunity to raise a new generation; one that is more understanding, empathetic and respectful towards people of colour. Here are five suggestions of how to do just that:

1. Diversify their book collection

It sounds simple, but there is much truth in the statement, ‘representation matters’. While the expression is often used to highlight the significance of people of colour seeing reflections of themselves on screen, on stage, in books, et al, it’s equally important for non-black people – particularly non-black children – to see these varied representations too. Ensuring that non-black children have access to books that reflect black characters, helps them to see and understand black identity, thereby allowing them to view diversity as a normal part of life.