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Start with a Conversation (But Don't Stop There)

Updated: Jun 8, 2020

Hi everybody,


Scotty here. We’ve got our regular episode of The Imagine Neighborhood in your feeds and ready for you to listen to. But we wanted to let you know that we aren’t ignoring the protests that are happening outside a lot of our front doors. We want to acknowledge that the violence against George Floyd (and Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, and countless others) isn’t an isolated incident but really, the tip of an iceberg--and a daily reality that many Black Americans and communities of color face.


We’re currently working with experts on an episode about racial equity. The episode will be released later this week. In the meantime, an important first step is talking to your kids about race and injustice. This might be a difficult conversation to have, especially considering the violence against Black people that occurs daily. However, sometimes difficult things are very important to do, and it is important to start having these conversations. Just like in the show, one of the steps in solving a problem is naming it, and we can’t solve problems if we’re too afraid to talk about them.


We’ll have more resources once we release the episode, but below are some resources that might help you start these conversations. In The Imagine Neighborhood, we are deeply committed to the well-being of children and families, as well as ongoing action to help you build empathy in your home and in your community.


Stay safe.

And be well.

Scotty




Things to Do as a Family

Read books about the topic. A few of our favorites below.


Something Happened in Our Town

By Marianne Celano, PhD, ABPP, Marietta Collins, PhD, and Ann Hazzard, PhD, ABPP

Illustrated by Jennifer Zivoin




A Kids Book About Racism

By Jelani Memory



All the Colors We Are

by Katie Kissinger



Larger lists of book recommendations from

The Conscious Kid

Embrace Race This Twitter Thread from educator Wandering_Britt



Resources for Grown-Ups

NAACP

Campaign Zero

Color of Change

How White Parents Can Talk To Their Kids About Race