Where to Start: 12 Small Steps for White Families who Want to Be a Positive Force for Change on Racism

How do we move forward in the midst of overwhelming despair, pain, loss, tragedy and fear?

Together. With one eye on the past, and the other on the future.

Part of We Stories’ philosophy is that progress, even in the face of huge problems, is about taking small steps. These little shifts help make what is possible more likely, and help reinforce the good work that is already happening all around us.

Here are several things that you can DO TODAY to start being a part of the solution.

Accept that colorblindness doesn’t work

It doesn’t make us a more accepting society. It, as it promises, makes us more BLIND to each other’s reality, pain, and promise. A philosophy of colorblindness leaves us ill-equipped to understand and participate in the beautifully diverse society we inhabit.

1. Read: 7 Reasons that Colorblindness Contributes to Racism Instead of Solves it
2. Read: What we know about kids and race

Start talking to your kids about race and racism EARLY and OFTEN

Children’s books are the BEST way to help establish language for talking about skin color and race with your children.

3. Make these 4 favorites part of your home library.

Shades of People
The Skin You Live In
All the Colors We Are

Let’s Talk About Race

4. Read: Black is not a bad word.
5. Follow: Raising Race Conscious Children
6. Buy: Multicultural crayons and encourage your children to explore and create images that reflect the world around them.

Diversify your bookshelves

People your children’s bookshelves with an array of diverse stories and characters.

7. You can learn how to find great stories here: 10 Ways to Diversify Your Bookshelves
8. FOR STL parents: Check out the discussion kits at the St Louis County Library on a variety of fun and engaging themes.

Mix up your media

Use media to help make sure you and your children have multiple narratives and positive representation for all groups of people. Ask yourself who is present and who is missing in your media. Find the voices and stories that you aren’t hearing and seeing.

9. Follow: Blackmomsblog; Humans of St Louis; MunaMommy; Native Peoples Mag; ColorLines; Forward Through Ferguson; We Need Diverse Books

Visit, prioritize and support institutions that put diversity and inclusion at the center

Every community has organizations and institutions that intentionally work towards being an inclusive place for all people.

10. GO to: Missouri History Museum; Center for Creative Arts; St. Louis County Library; St. Louis Public LIbrary

Join US and help

11. Sign up for our Family Learning Program (STL only right now)
12.  Talk with us here, here, here, and here

Start small. Be brave. Keep learning. Together.

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