Educating our Children to be Anti-Racist

Hi Mummies, 

Talking about such a heavy topic such as racism can be very intimidating because I have never experienced it first hand and I don’t want to say the wrong thing that could cause more harm than good. I keep thinking, what can I possibly say as a white priviledged woman on a subject I could never understand? I’ve come to realise that feeling this way is part of the problem, we need to feel comfortable about talking about and addressing the uncomfortable, I as a mummy need to do better. 

I was always aware of the corrupt police forces in America and across the world when it comes to racism but in this past week since the tragic death of George Floyd, I have learnt so much. 

What I thought was right before, actually isn’t. I want to always educate myself and keep up with this in real time so I can learn how to help and make a difference, however big or small. 

As mummies we have the responsibility to bring our children up to be anti-racist. They are the next generation, our hope for change in this world. Here are a few tips I found on the internet on how to educate our children to be anti-racist.

  • Read books that feature families of ALL ethnic backgrounds.
  • Talk about white privilege and social inequities
  • Actively participate in challenging your own racial biases
  • NEVER make excuses for relatives, hold them accountable
  • For white families, teach your child how to listen to Black indigenous people of colour stories. 
  • Help children recognize that they do not have to have all of the answers. 
  • Raise them Kind. It starts in the home.

For a very long time I never wanted to see people of colour as different, I wanted to see one race. But I was wrong. It does more harm than good thinking this way because if you are not suppose to see the race then you can’t call out racism and you end up with a vicious cycle of ignorance. 

As mummy’s we have to always educate ourselves to be better, for we set the example to our children.  

 

6 thoughts on “Educating our Children to be Anti-Racist

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for this post. It’s so important to educate our children as they are the future. I think the main frustration needs to be the lack of response to our message.. because regardless on whether we peacefully protest or tear the whole city down, our cries still go unheard. Please continue to spread the MESSAGE. Only talking about the negativity of the violence in riots in this time just supports the narrative that black people are criminals who deserve what we’re being dealt (whether that is your intention or not) Also think it is important to point out that fact that it has been acknowledged and proven that outside extremists are contributing to this destruction and agitating peaceful protests…

  2. Anonymous says:

    We have to UNDERSTAND what BIPOC face and the why behind what’s going on before we make judgments. And that’s why I will teach my children so they can understand.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I won’t teach my children white priviledges because it can instil something that should never have been there in the first place.

    • Anonymous says:

      sorry but i disagree. you have to educate your children about these things otherwise how will they know how damaging racism really is? also how can you as a family be proactively anti-racist if you don’t educate yourselves on this matter?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Yes, so many people are saying they don’t see colour but by not seeing colour we are not seeing racism!!! All lives won’t matter until Black lives matter!!

    • Anonymous says:

      This is true but also my husband is muslim and we experience alot of racism about his race! So I think its important to address all different types of rascism. I have been asked some awful questions about my family before I will post a couple below.
      ▪︎ You wouldnt let your children be a muslim would you?
      ▪︎ Make sure he doesnt just use you for a visa!
      ▪︎ Are they all poor?
      ▪︎ Do you really trust him?
      ▪︎ Are you allowed to go and that now your with a muslim?

      Now think about this! How is this nice for me or my family to get asked these type of questions, to get judged by people we dont even know. It makes my blood boil how people can even judge by a race! So your saying none of your race cheat? None of your race are poor??
      People please think before you speak. A human is a human whatever the race, there are good people there are bad people and it hasnt nothing to do with race or skin colour!

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