Educating ourselves about Racism

The Black Lives Matter movement has really brought to our attention the need to educate ourselves more about racism.  Of course, it’s an ongoing process but we think these are a good place to start:

This is a shocking film about the use of the 13th Amendment in the American Constitution to keep black Americans incarcerated in the corrupt US prison system.  Directed by Ama Du Vernay, it opened the NY Film Festival in 2016 and is now free to watch on Netflix. A must-watch.

As parents, we feel that educating our children is primary.  This free to download education booklet from Wander & Wonder is a great way to start the conversation.  Check out too, the Sesame Street video on how to explain racism to kids including Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms answering questions on how to make a change.

We really like the idea of encouraging kids to draw pictures of different races using these Crayola multicultural pens. £5.28 from Amazon

Sitting in Limbo, BBC i-player.  This tv film about one man’s struggle to prove he is British after living in Britain for 50 years is a stirring, emotional and eye-opening story about the Windrush scandal.

Finally, The Guardian has an excellent list of books for kids and teens whilst Vogue has picked out some great choices for adults, including one of our top reads Toni Morrison’s Pullitzer Prize-winning novel about slavery, Beloved. £8.20 from Amazon

And the book that we’re currently reading (and gripped by), Born a Crime by Trevor Noah, the host of the US tv programme The Daily Show about his upbringing in South Africa, £7.72 from Amazon

Educating ourselves about Racism
— Francesca
10th June 2020

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