Can I Touch Your Hair and other ways to talk to your child about race

It can be harder for a person coming from a place of privilege — white, middle class, unaccustomed to being singled out in a crowd — to know where to start when speaking to their children about race relations. The instinct might be to say, “Everyone is equal. Everyone is the same inside.”

But we are not equal. We have a long way to go to equal, and it’s vital that children know that. You can find spectacular suggestions for all age groups at the Embrace Race website. Check out their resources page as well as this post with tons of suggestions to get your started.

Can I Touch Your Hair, a selection of poems that tell the story of Irene and Charles, appeals to the 6-9-year-old set but is also great for older children.

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