Talking With White Children About George Floyd

“Following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May, many white people have been asking me, ‘What is the right thing to say to my white children about George Floyd?’
 
There is no one right thing to say, of course. But, for those who ask, I share my approach to talking with my own white children about race and racism. If we do this thoughtfully and steadily—which is to say daily or weekly—our children won’t end up grasping at troubling stereotypes every time a conflict arises. Instead, they will have a much clearer picture of the systemic causes of racism—and understand that George Floyd’s murder took place in the context of such systems of division, injustice, and discrimination.”

READ: Talking With White Children About George Floyd- article by Ali Michael

Check Out Molly of Denali-Alaska Indigenous Children’s Television Show

Given Covid, some families are relying on screen time more than they would otherwise.  Fortunately, there are some quality programs available. Molly of Denali is one of them. 

Young children learn about themselves and the world around them through stories. creator and executive producer of Molly of Denali,Dorothea Gillim says, “(Stories) help us make meaning of who we are, of our experiences.”The stories and images children hear, see or don’t hear and see “informs their sense of self and their outlook on others…Indigenous children need to see themselves depicted onscreen as heroes, while non-Indigenous children should learn about cultures that have been stigmatized and marginalized over time.”

“When I was growing up, all I saw was really stereotypical, inaccurate, and oftentimes negative portrayals of Native people. And very seldom did I see any Alaska Native representation in media,”  shares Princess Johnson, creative producer of the show. “The story they adopt is overwhelmingly one of deficit and disparity. This narrative can undermine relationships with other communities of colour.” Many say Molly of Denali challenges that.

Article: Alaska Indigenous children’s television show wins Peabody Award

 

 

 

 

“I am Black boy magic”

 

I Am

I am history.  I am beautiful. I am smart. I am creative

I am human. I am my ancestors. My Black is powerful.

I am strong. I am Black boy magic. I am Black excellence.

I am golden like the sunset on the Sahara desert.

I am Kamari. A Black boy in america

And just in case you don’t know what Black boy mean, this is what it means:

Beautiful. Loved. Accomplished. Creative. Kings. Bright. Original. Youngsters.

Remember: Knowledge is power. And we need more love, not hate.