“It’s not to say that other lives don’t matter, but saying that the centering of trauma and violence and oppressive, discriminatory policies on us, that it creates a circumstance where we are considered second-class citizens in the world and people do believe that our lives don’t matter.”-Black Lives Matter Portland activist Teressa Raiford
“If a house is burning down, you’re obviously going to focus on putting out the fire instead of watering a house that’s just fine. In this analogy, black lives are the burning house, and everyone else is living much more comfortably in the house that isn’t burning down. Clearly, one is a bigger problem.” German Lopez in Vox article
In our preschool, we have come to use a chant in response to something that is not fair. When we know an action is hurtful, wrong or oppressive, we say, “No. Stop. That’s not fair.” An action accompanies each word to help children embody each declaration.
Let’s invite young children to learn about and participate in the current situation is safe and developmentally appropriate ways. Tens of thousands of people have been rising up across the country and the world, demanding an end to the unfair and hurtful treatment of Black and Brown people. The many inhumane systems that keep racism in place are not new, but the speaking out and acting out in such force is fresh, exciting and hopeful. This is a time to honor and talk about with your children. Here are some examples of peaceful protests in support of change to share with your child.