helpful tips regarding race and racism

Resources for Conversations Regarding Racism

Looking for answers? Here’s where to find them.

On May 29th 2020, in response to violent and high-profile event happening in the US and around the world, the president of the American Psychological Association, Sandra L. Shullman, PhD, crafted a message to the public indicating “we are living in a racism pandemic”. This, in coordination with many other happenings, no doubt raises questions for some, if not for all.

As a result, we did some scouring for you to gather a multitude of resources to reference for conversations regarding race. It’s our hope that you’ll find a place of knowledge, information, and tips & tricks to use and access, when needed.

What Does it All Mean?

There’s a lot of information out there and it can get confusing. Below are links to current definitions of words you may be hearing and seeing frequently in your community or online.
1. Racism
2. Systemic Racism
3. Race vs Ethnicity
4. Resistance vs Rebellion vs Revolution
5. Defund
6. Black Lives Matter

There are many, many more than the six outlined above. For that reason, check out the glossary of terms provided here. And, if you’ve got some time, check out this article in The Atlantic outlining the change in the definition of “racist” .

How Do I Talk About it with Others?

It can be tough to talk about tough things. Below are links that can help you figure out how to hold the conversations that need to be held.

Talking with Kids

The Center for Racial Justice in Education has over 50 articles available for you to browse through if you’re wondering how to talk with kids about the current unrest. I’ve linked more articles for you below, as well:

Talking with Colleagues

Even if you plan to refrain from talking with colleagues, you might very well end up having to do so. In preparation for that, here are some sources of information for you:

Talking with Family and Friends

Hopefully, you feel most comfortable with those closest to you. If you’re looking for a little help though, check out the following:

What Can I Do?

The best thing you can do is to inform yourself, if you aren’t already. Read the articles, listen to the podcasts, share positive posts on social media, volunteer your time or money, protest peacefully, etc. National Public Radio has provided an outline on What to Do Beyond Protesting while Forbes provided a great article on Listening then Learning. Also, below are more good resources for you:

 

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