The past few months have been some of the wildest of everyone’s lives. With a full blown pandemic, quarantining, and racism once again rearing its ugly head. My heart breaks each time I read/watch the news, only to learn of yet another unarmed African-American getting murdered by law enforcement. I have been researching various charities and funds that support Black Lives. One of the first ones I came across was The Conscious Kid. I absolutely love everything that The Conscious Kid stands for and everything they are aiming to do.
“We are an education, research, and policy organization dedicated to equity and promoting positive racial identity development in youth. We support organizations, families, and educators in taking action to disrupt racism in young children.”
“To counter racism and racial bias, experts recommend acknowledging and naming race and racism with children as early and as often as possible (Baron & Banaji; Derman-Sparks). Children’s books are one of the most effective and practical tools for initiating these critical conversations with children, and can also be used to model what it means to resist and disrupt oppression.”
“Beyond addressing issues of race and racism, these children’s books focus on taking action. They highlight resistance, resilience, and activism, and seek to empower youth to participate in the ongoing movement for racial justice. Children not only need to know what individual, systemic, and internalized racism looks like, they need to know what they can do about it.”
If you are interested in learning more, please visit their website: https://www.theconsciouskid.org