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.
I’ve been thinking about the intersection of science and equity lately, especially as we look to technology to solve more and more of our problems. One thing we can work on is making sure that we view science and tech as a field where people of all backgrounds and skin colors belong and can excel. Here are few fun non-fiction books that highlight diversity in STEM.
Positive counter-narratives are important. Children form ideas about groups of people based on personal relationships and media exposure. If the only Hispanic character your kids know is Ramon from Cars, (guilty) they are going to develop implicit bias and stereotypes about Hispanic peoples.
Hispanic Heritage month (Sept 15-Oct 15) is a great time to read, learn, and discuss Hispanic and Latinx peoples and culture with your kids.