Anti-White Supremacy Resources For Educators & Parents
To say my heart has been heavy this past week is an understatement. A little over a week ago, a white supremacist drove a car into a peaceful crowd of racial justice activists in Charlottesville, killing a 32 year old woman and injuring 19 others.
The quote above has been on my mind a lot, as it captures so much.
Exactly one week ago, I felt a deep pain and sadness — for Heather’s family/community, for all the witnesses, for all the children who are confused and pained, and for all the parents and teachers who love and hold space for their young people daily.
“The children cling to us” during times of chaos, darkness, and intense emotion. They do so in different ways, but they cling, hoping and waiting for guidance.
At times last week I felt as though the lights went out in parts of our country. At other times it felt as though the lights were finally turned on, waking up a good portion of our country to the deep injustices and hatred that’s alive in America.
A friend and Fellow Racial Justice Activist (the author of Waking Up White), Debby Irving, reminds us in her recent post that, “The silver lining of the racial unrest we Americans find ourselves in today is that white supremacy’s durability is in plain view. The age of colorblind denial is gone.”
We are (and have been) in a dark time in our country for many reasons, most of which involve systemic oppression and institutionalized racism.
And, we are in a time where the cobwebs and corners of our country are being spotlighted and exposed, and that experience can be painful.
Pain surfaces many emotions.
Interestingly, since Saturday, I’ve felt the need to both go inward, reflecting on my own away from the noise– AND — to be connected, clinging to my community and loved ones.
I went on walks alone, I facilitated a discussion on privilege and hosted a community conversation, I blogged, I journaled, I reflected with loved ones, I cried, I embraced my partner and listened to her experience, I felt angry, and–at the end of the day I felt deeply called to support parents and educators whose responsibility is heavy and real.
So, I put together a starter resource list below.
Why? Because I’m a relentless believer in human potential and in hope.
As an educator, I have called up this quote countless times, because it captures something I deeply believe, even in the darkest of times:
Our young people are paying close attention. They’re watching and waiting to see how we’ll all play a part, leading and listening with our morals–for justice.
So, I started the list below for parents and teachers in hopes that more of us feel equipped and ready to have intentional, complex conversations about what’s going on in the world.
I’m a learner and work-in-progress alongside you all.
Feel free to comment below with links/reactions and share/pass them on if you find them helpful.
In no particular order, here are some resources as food for thought:
- See this full curriculum, called “The Charlottesville Syllabus,” put together by brilliant scholars at the University of Virginia Graduate Student Coalition for Liberation, and check out these twitter handles: @charlottesvillesyllabus & @charlottesvillecurriculum for more resources.
- Definitely check out The Truth Telling Project, which started during the Ferguson Uprisings and has been collecting raw, personal stories & videos of families impacted by police & systemic violence (Michael Brown, Sr., Tamir Rice’s sibling, etc. among them). Now they have created an online Learning Platform to spread these intimate video testimonies, along with multiple curriculums on systemic injustice + and maybe most importantly, resources for action.
- Check out the piece SURJ (Showing Up For Racial Justice) published called How to Talk to Your Kids About Charlottesville here
- Unite Against Hate! offers resources for students, educators, and families as they engage in current national dialogue about racism, hate, and bias, compiled by the National Education Association.
- See what The National Council of Teachers of English have to say here
- Edutopia’s site features “How to Teach Beyond Ferguson,” by José Vilson, a middle school math teacher and coach, who provides tools and strategies for having difficult but necessary conversations.
- Teach Plus compiled a list of Tools and Resources for Teaching About Race, History, and Other Issues Related to Charlottesville.
- The Anti-Defamation League explains the teachable moments resulting from the recent Charlottesville events in “Lessons to Teach and Learn from ‘Unite the Right’.”
- Teaching Tolerance offers a vast wealth of resources and a Learning Plan Builder to help teachers build lessons around social justice standards aimed at prejudice reduction.
- For College Students, the Southern Poverty Law Center put together a resource on what students need to know about the Alt-Right movement AND an Alt-Right Campus guide.
- Future Ready Librarians from around the country are sharing Anti-Racist Resources in response to the tragic Charlottesville events.
- I wrote some reflections and offered resources on what it means to be a white racial justice advocate and offer some reflections on allyship here.
- Check out this brilliant post by john a. powell on Hate and Hurt in America.
- On talking to kids about race and racism
- On Talking to kids about Charlottesville
- Another one On Talking to kids about Charlottesville
- On talking about the Bathroom Bill and other discriminatory bills pertaining to the LGBTQ community.
- Common Sense Media provides a list of resources for educators seeking to develop an inclusive culture in their classroom and teach social and emotional skills to students.
- The Alliance for Excellent Education has produced: “Condemning Racism and Bigotry While Using Charlottesville as a Teachable Moment: Resources for Teachers, Parents, and Others” available here: tinyurl.com/
- Brene Brown’s powerful Facebook Live on privilege, white supremacy, and more.
Alright. That’s all for now.
Have reactions or favorites? Or more tools/resources you think I should add to the list? By all means, share the love. PLEASE comment below or send me a message.
We can and will get through this together.
In solidarity, and with love for justice,
S.P.A.R.K. was founded in 2016 by Rachel Rosen, a seasoned facilitator, racial equity leadership coach, and LGBTQ advocate. S.P.A.R.K. offerings sit at the nexus of Rachel’s personal and professional passions, and she is on a mission to bring more empathy to the world, one conversation at a time. With a Masters from Stanford, and extensive training in leadership, coaching, team and organizational development, S.P.A.R.K. experiences are grounded in theory and practice. S.P.A.R.K. offers experiences that support leaders and teams to unleash their potential to facilitate powerful experiences, collaborate, and build trust.