Overcoming Obstacles to Create Community” is an initiative of the Women’s Voices’ Racial Justice Committee. Each month, we’ll provide timely, concrete ideas and suggestions you can include in your daily lives. 

September – Teach Acceptance

It’s true what the song says: “You’ve got to be taught to hate and fear.” Bias is learned early, often at home.

 

  • Encourage your child’s school and teachers to counter bias and racism. Recently, a St. Louis high school expelled students for racial slurs they placed on Facebook. To prevent such incidents, teachers can access resources to teach tolerance. The Southern Poverty Law Center offers free resources to K-12 classroom teacher across the country.
  • Educators for Social Justice is an organization whose mission is to develop and support socially just, equitable, and sustainable practices in schools and communities.
  • Ideas for parents and grandparents:
    • Examine your children’s textbooks and the curricula to determine if the material is equitable and multicultural.
    • Expose your child or grandchild to multicultural experiences…buy or get books from the library that feature children of all races and many cultures, take them to the Festival of Nations and other such events, involve them in churches and other organizations that are multiracial and multicultural.
    • Check out We Stories, an organization that aims to get white families talking about race and racism.