Racism manifests in the smallest group interactions. An example of racism in interacial child play occurs when white children play roles of heroes, leading role, and people in power, while children of color play negative roles such as the villain, criminal, side-kick or worker. These images are reflected in media, institutions, and their environment; the impact of these images and role plays is that it reinforces negative perceptions of people of color and positive perceptions of white people. As parents and caregivers, it is important to recognize these playing patterns, gently interrupt, and ask children to consider alternative ways to play or share roles.
Racism is treating people unfairly just because of the color of their skin. That’s wrong and unfair. Chris from Sesame Street narrates an animated story about a boy who experienced racism while playing with his friends and how he stood up for himself.
Tell children, we are going to watch a video that explains one way that racism can show up in the playground.