#TalkJustice: Race

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Race. Not an easy topic.

Walls shot up immediately. Emotions high.

How can we talk about race in our families? Do just that… Talk. Learn. Listen. We would do well to humble ourselves and open up dialogue. Expose our kids to people from different parts of world, different cultures, different skin colors. Our lives grow wider and richer. Help them remember history and why hurt remain for cultures and groups of people. Listen.

Discussion Starters:

race conversation starters

Help Your Family Go Deeper: 

  • What is privilege?
  • Are there certain groups with advantages or disadvantages?
  • Why do you think race is such an uncomfortable conversation?
  • How can we do more listening?
  • Can prejudices go both ways?
  • Are some places or activities still very much segregated?
  • How are race and class connected?
  • How would it feel to carry a history of slavery as a people?
  • When you are judged on appearance how does it feel?
  • How do different cultures deepen our lives?
  • How can you respect people even when they don’t do things the same as you do?
  • What is a stereotype? How easy is it to move beyond a stereotype?
  • Do we tend to lump people together in groups without sifting out their unique qualities?
  • How often do you describe someone by their race or culture?
  • How often do you see people with different skin colors in television, movies, books?
  • How can you expand your global consciousness?
  • How honest are we about history? Are we honest about how that effects present day? Are we honest that we still have a long way to go?
  • If God created us all equally, should anyone be treated differently because of the color of their skin? or where they came from?
  • Is race a challenge everywhere in the world? Are there inequalities everywhere in the world?

Kids books about Diversity and Race

kids books about race

Lee and Low Books (a multi cultural publisher)

The Colors of Us by Karen Katz

Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester

What We Wear by Maya Ajmera

Delivering Justice by Jim Haskins

Same Same but Different by: Jenni Sue Koseckti-Shaw

I Lay My Stitches Down by: Cynthia Grady

21 Ways to Take Action

A Twitter Race list to follow.

Follow our About Proximity #TalkJustice Pinterest Board.

#TalkJustice Summer Serve Play Groups! Come over to our Facebook Event Page to learn more. Invite friends! We will be exploring topics and making a difference in community, using a series of books donated to us from CitizenKid. Hosted by About Proximity (that’s me) and my Mom, a public school family advocate for two decades.

How can we listen more and talk less? 

9 thoughts on “#TalkJustice: Race

  1. I love this so much! We have just only scratched the surface of this topic in our home. Thank you for offering this amazing resource for sharing and learning with my kids!

    • Us too. I love that there are so many great books that help expose kids to all different kinds of people and places. Thanks for your good thoughts!

  2. Someone reminded us last week that we carry around with us a backpack of privilege. It is really helpful to be aware of our position in the world, and to use it carefully.

  3. Lisa, what a great post. Again. 😉 I think my kids tend to take for granted the “privileges” they have. Your questions will be good conversation starters for my family. Thank you!

  4. This is a great post, Lisa! Thanks so much for sharing these lists of resources and questions. It is such a critical part of faith formation for us to know our identity in Christ and how warped views of race affect that, as well as our relationships with each other. This is great stuff. (And my kids loved The Color Of Us when they were little!)

    • Thanks Shannon! And for all your good work on this topic! It is a critical part that is often overlooked. I’m thankful for leaders like you that encourage us all to look deeper and listen and learn. My kids loved the Colors of Us too, she has great books.

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