Children notice current events and want to have conversations about what they are noticing. With videos of police brutality and other racist acts circulating around the internet, it is important for white children to feel comfortable and affirmed when talking to adults about how they feel, what they notice, and how to take action.
Talking to young kids about racism and current events
Before you watch the video below, consider the following:
Tell your child, “we are going to watch a video from the TV show, Arthur. In the video, Arthur, Buster and Mrs. MacGrady share their thoughts on racism and discuss how everyone can make a difference. Let me know if you have any questions and I will be happy to pause and listen.”
As a parent or caregiver, think about the role that Mrs. MacGrady played in talking to the children about what they saw. What was her tone? How did she express her feelings? How did she support and affirm the children in thinking about their role in disrupting racism?
Racism is like a disease if you don’t treat it, it’s going to get worse.
Arthur on Racism: Talk, Listen, and Act
Popular PBS Kids show, Arthur, reflects on Black Lives Matter with a special video. Arthur and Buster talk to Mrs. MacGrady about what they can do to actively fight racism, which will inspire kids to try out these anti-racist actions at home.
If you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have a moral obligation to do something about it!
After watching the video, consider the following:
Ask your child, “Mrs. MacGrady said “Racism is like a disease if you don’t treat it, it’s going to get worse.” Why is it important for all people, especially white people, to work to stop racism?”
Ask your child, “what did Mrs. MacGrady say you can do about racism?”
Ask your child, “who are the heroes who have fought against racism in history and today?”
Ask your child, “When we see something unfair, what are ways we can stand up for others?
Who are the heroes who have fought against racism in history and today?
An upstander is someone who uses their voice and their actions to help others. Upstanders make their communities better for everyone. How are you an upstander?
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