Raising Anti-Racist White Kids: A Conversation for All of Us is topic on August 17

by Contributed Content on August 13, 2020

Dr. Jennifer Harvey leads a discussion about teaching race and the conundrums impacting adults of every racial group, as much as they do our young people on Monday, Aug. 17 from 4:00 to 5:30 pm. Register online.

Difficult conundrums exist when it comes to raising white children in a society that is one of the most racially diverse in the world, while also being full of racial inequity and injustice.

  • Should we teach white kids to be “colorblind”?
  • Or, should we teach them to notice race?
  • And if so, how?
  • What roles do we want them to play in addressing racism when they encounter it?
  • How do we do that?

On top of it all, talking about race well means we have to talk about white privilege and racism. How do we teach about race honestly, then, without making our children feel bad about being white?

In this author talk, Dr. Jennifer Harvey will map the common conundrums (drawing on the work in her book Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America) relative to nurturing anti-racist white identity; conundrums that impact adults of every racial group in the U.S., as much as they do our young people. In other words, whether you’ve been a white kid, are helping raise white kids, have relationships with people who used to be white kids, or have children in your life who are friends with white kids—this reading and conversation is for all of us.

The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Harvey is a New York Times bestselling and award-winning author, educator and public speaker. Her work focuses on ethics and race, gender, sexuality, activism, spirituality and politics—with particular attention to how religion shows up in these dimensions of our shared social life. Her greatest passion and longtime work, however, persistently and pointedly return to racial justice and white anti-racism.

This free event received partial funding support from the Friends of the Menlo Park Library.

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