The Importance of Talking to Your Children about Race

These past few weeks have been overwhelming for many people as we attempt to process the racial injustices and prejudices that continue to prevail in the United States. The outrageous racial profiling incident in Central Park and the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd have left us devastated. There are no words to encompass the scale of injustice and grief that many have felt around the country. 

The knowledge that these incidences are a part of a systematic and ingrained racial bias can create a sense of hopelessness. At Atlas Book Club, an integral part of our mission is to help eliminate racial prejudices through children’s literature. When children have diverse and positive experiences with people of different ethnicities and races, they grow up embracing people who are different from them. We believe the empathy and compassion children develop when they are young can help them become adults who end the cycle of racial bias. 

If you are a parent and would like to learn how to talk to your children about sensitive topics such as race, please read some of the articles we’ve linked below about navigating these issues. 

We stand with you in this time of heartache and frustration. Don’t lose hope. 

From “#BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.”

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