How to Talk about Race

As members of an International school, whether we are French, American, or any other nationality, we cherish the values of diversity and tolerance. For that reason, we have to stop and reflect on the latest events and protests, discuss our beliefs with our children, and understand that today’s state of inequality is unacceptable. “We are all born free. We all have our own thoughts and ideas. We should all be treated in the same way. These rights belong to everybody, whatever our differences.” Universal Declaration of Human Rights (simplified version) Today is an invitation to continue to talk to our children and discuss the values that we want to preserve in our family, school, community. Why is being different important and matters? Why must equal treatment be enforced regardless of our differences? Why should we stay curious about others? What richness can someone different from us bring? Think of an example among your friends or acquaintances where his/her difference enriched you. What traditions did you learn? Have you seen courage in any of these different lives? The images of violence are shocking and horrifying. Reassuring our children that we condemn any act of violence is crucial. Is violence an appropriate way to make our voices heard? These are just a few questions to start a fruitful conversation with your child. As parents or educators, it can be challenging as to how we navigate the questions our children might have about these events. Therefore, we have compiled resources to support these conversations and dialogue. Articles Books: Videos
https://www.facebook.com/ibramxkendi/videos/382749798789935/?v=382749798789935 (from 2017)
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