Kids and Race empowers adults and children to take responsibility for dismantling racism through conversation and action.
2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, and even as Pride becomes more inclusive and accessible in many ways, it’s critical to remember that Black, Brown, and other non-White voices have often been erased from LGBTQ+ stories. Key figures such as Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera are slowly being recognized for their contributions to the fight for equal rights, but there is still a dearth of media that center queer people of color.
Restorative justice—it feels like a buzzword, but it’s a concept that is radical in its simplicity and power. Restorative practices are based on the idea that while the harm caused by negative behavior can’t be erased, it can be healed and reconciled.
We conclude our three-part interview with Gerald Donaldson, family support worker at Leschi Elementary. In this final part of our interview, we discuss how to build community support and find role models for students.
We continue our conversation with Gerald Donaldson, the family support worker at Leschi Elementary. In this second part of our interview, we talked about the exciting work being done by the K–5 student-led equity team at the school.
Gerald Donaldson is the family support worker at Leschi Elementary. Recently I had a chance to sit down and conduct a three-part interview with him about the wide-ranging work he’s been able to do at Leschi and throughout the Seattle school system. In this first part of our interview, I asked him to talk about supporting families and implementing restorative practices with students.
The Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality recently released a study looking at how the misperception of Black girls’ age can change how they are treated. Among other effects, they found the “adultification” of young Black girls can lead to less support in school, harsher discipline for infractions, and increased interactions with law enforcement.
Eat With Muslims is a project devoted to educating people about Muslims by bringing people together over community meals. Kids & Race editor Jennifer Sunami had a chance to ask Eat With Muslims co-founder Fathia Absie how she got started. Here is some of Fathia’s fascinating story.
Now that a new mixed race baby has joined the British royal family, questions of race and identity are once more percolating through the news. Knowing that someone has a particular racial background still leaves open the question of what being mixed race really means, and no baby, no matter how famous, can answer that. Here’s a list to engage kids and adults in the conversation about mixed race identity.
One way to reinforce oppression is to remain silent. It is a defensive move that functions to politely keep those in power powerful, and those without power powerless.
I grew up in the 80s in a small, Midwestern town and never told anyone that both my parents were gay. Finally, when I was 20 years old, I started talking about it. The experience of being silent as a kid fuels my drive as a parent now, to disrupt silence, especially when it comes to talking about race with my kids.
Whitney Houston had it right—I believe the children are our future. I’ve been watching the climate change walkouts, the gun control rallies, the embrace of intersectionality and inclusion that seems to come so naturally to the young with a sense of awe and admiration. But within all that excitement and hope there’s a nagging question. Why are the kids having to work so hard anyway?