Talking to Children about Race 2019

Learn about creating a home environment that supports open communication about race and difference, being intentional about talking about race, providing your kids with the tools they need to understand difference, and more.

How do different racial groups address race related issues and why? While children of color are having conversations at home about race from an early age, white children are often silenced by their parents when they make observations or ask questions about race. By 3 or 4 years of age, white children in the US often show a preference for other white children. Children of all races whose parents have a diverse group of friends are, however, less likely to show bias. Intentional integration is about more than just living in a diverse neighborhood. It also requires being intentional in your relationships and in your conversations at home.  
The South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race has been working toward intentional integration in our two towns for decades. The Schools Committee of the Coalition works toward that goal in our schools and for our children. Talking to Children about Race is an annual, free program that offers practical strategies for talking about race at home.
 
This year’s program takes place on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 7:30 PM at Tuscan Elementary School. Our expert will discuss best practices in raising race conscious children. Our panel of parents and students will share their own experiences on topics such as:  How do you respond to someone who thinks it’s safe to make a racial remark in your presence? What to do if your child uses a word you believe is offensive? What did your parents do well in talking to you about race?  What could they have done differently?  
Join us for the presentation and for our breakout discussion groups to get practical tips on how to approach the topic of race with your children. The program is open to everyone, but geared toward families of elementary and pre-school children.

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