But wait, what about talking to kids about all of this? To which she replied something like, "I don't know your kids. But you do, so you tell me how to talk to them." Which was a great segue to the Q&A, easily the most powerful segment of the evening, with so many poignant questions. Just to cite a couple:
- My [white] son wants to dress up as a famous black athelete for Halloween, and to darken his face to match -- what do I say?
- My Asian daughter says people mistake her for another Asian kid -- how do I support her?
And Dr. Briscoe-Smith's response to questions like these is profoundly empowering: Start by reminding yourselves of your family values -- "we are kind," or "we treat people with dignity" -- and proceed with empathy, honesty, and genuine curiosity. She also modeled some great responses of course, but was careful to point out that, like many acquired skills, talking comfortably to kids about race would take practice, and suggested parents try it out on like-minded friends and colleagues to build confidence.
Her insight on this subject is truly remarkable, and we have received overwhemingly positive feedback from people who were fortunate enough to attend the event. We're also hearing requests more resources. Fortunately, Dr. Briscoe-Smith has provided us with a rich trove of links, many from her website, some of which we're sharing below.
One of PADCs key strategic objectives is to bring the discussion of Implicit Bias out into the Piedmont Community. We can't think of a better way to start the year than this! Onward.
- Teaching Tolerance
- How to Talk with Your Kids about Donald Trump
- Rubbing Off
- Why Teachers Need To Talk About Their Own Racial Bias: Report
- Howard Stevenson Book, "Promoting Racial Literacy In Schools: Differences That Make a Difference"
- Beverly Tatum Book: "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria ..."
- Monique Morris debunks persistent myths and misleading narratives
- Paper, "How Educators Can Eradicate Disparities in School Discipline ..."
- Take the Implicit Association Test!
- NBC/Dateline Segment on Implicit Bias
- Implicit Bias Review from The Kirwan Institute
- Dr. Briscoe-Smith's website