Anti-White Supremacy Resources For Educators

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: 

 

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,

Rachel

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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 leadershipcoaching, 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.

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