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WorldView Good Reads: Off the Press for June 2020

Published: June 30, 2020

Here are this month's Good Reads on how parents and children can learn about, talk about, and combat racism. 

How to Raise an Anti-Racist Kid. We are all in a global civics lesson right now. The books we read, the movies we watch, the friends we make, the doctors we visit and the conversations we have at home all shape our children’s views of race. These World Language Resources by Black Educators are an ongoing Twitter feed started by a Spanish teacher.

Watch 12-year old Garvey Mortley explain in a video the offensive history of blackface. Her mother, Amber Coleman-Mortley, is the director of social engagement at iCivics, a nonprofit founded by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor to improve civics education using games and digital resources. She writes about social justice on her blog, MomofAllCapes. 

Ibram X. Kendi, author of the best-selling book How to Be an Antiracisthas compiled a reading list he calls a “step ladder to anti-racism.” It’s not enough to be “not racist,” he says, because it’s a claim “that signifies neutrality.“ Kendi recently published a children’s book, Antiracist Baby. “Parents use books to teach about love or kindness or to potty train. Why not do the same for teaching our kids to be anti-racist?” Kendi says. 

Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi spent a gap year traveling to all 50 states to talk to people about race. Their travels and conversations became a book, Tell Me Who You Are: Sharing Our Stories of Race, Culture & Identity. The duo also started a nonprofit called Choose, and the book, education guide and a workbook have been used by hundreds of educators around the country.

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