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THE TALKS

We can raise an anti-racist generation. Talk to children about racism early and often. Take the pledge today.

BEHIND THE SCENES INTERVIEWS WITH FAMILIES FROM OUR FILM, DEAR WHITE PARENTS, DISCUSSING WHY VOLUNTEERED TO BE A PART OF THIS INITIATIVE

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We can all help raise an anti-racist generation, but White parents and families have a unique opportunity to help create a new reality around racism for the next generation. In a society where identifying or being perceived as White comes with many, distinct advantages and power, the ability to positively influence the hearts, minds, and behaviors of the next generation could change the 400-year-old trajectory of racism.

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“Why Speak Directly to White Parents?”
Out of necessity, Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color have been discussing the challenges and harms of racism with their children for generations. Our film, Dear White Parents, is a missive, a plea, for more White parents and families to teach their children to recognize and resist racism with the same candor, frequency, and urgency as BIPOC families have for generations.

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VIDEOS OF BLACK PARENTS DISCUSSING RACE AND TALKING ABOUT RACISM WITH THEIR CHILDREN

“The Talk” is a series of conversations Black parents have had with their Black children about the challenges and dangers they are likely to face due to racism in our society. These talks have been happening for generations and have become an unfortunate, yet necessary, rite of passage for Black children. These talks are heart wrenching for Black parents and emotionally-damaging, psychologically challenging, and perspective-altering for Black children.

How to start the talk

We can raise an anti-racist generation. Talk to your children about racism early and often. These discussions can be challenging but tips from our partner and anti-racism organization WE ARE can help get the discussion started. Take the pledge.
  • Take Inventory of Your Own Biases

    It starts with us. It is important to identify our biases and work to correct how they might influence our perceptions of the world and how they shape our decisions and actions. Leverage this awareness.
  • Help your child accept discomfort and uncertainty.

    Be prepared for these conversations to potentially be messy and complicated. They may not end as you expect they will. Ask your child to share when they experience discomfort and work through those emotions together.
  • Explicitly name race in the conversation.

    Let children know that noticing differences does not promote bias—judging and discriminating based on race does. Further, acknowledge that white is a racial identity and explore what it means to be white.
  • Provide opportunities to learn about others and foster empathy.

    Use children’s books, short videos, movies, literature, or stories to expose children to diverse voices and perspectives on race. Support white children in better understanding others’ experiences and perspectives.

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