Preschoolers Asked to ID Racist Family Members
A Washington D.C. elementary school gave students ranging from Pre-K to 3rd grade a presentation on how to be anti-racists.
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On top of teaching the children that white people “hold all of the power in America,” the presentation asked the students to identify racism in themselves and their family members.
Danielle Singh, the principal of Janney elementary school, explained the event to parents in an open letter.
“Today students in grades pre-k through third grade participated in the Anti-Racism Fight Club presentation with Doyin Richards,” the principal wrote. “As part of this work, each student has a fist book to help continue the dialogue at school and home.”
During the presentation from the “Anti-Racism Fight Club Fistbook for Kids,” the “dealing with racist family members” section told students, “Just because someone is older than you doesn’t mean that they’re right all of the time.”
When explaining what racism from family members may look like, Richards presented a scenario where a family member criticizes the Black Lives Matter movement as an example of racism that should be confronted.
Rather than telling the students to seek out truth when it comes to issues of race, the fistbook told the kids to, “Sit back and listen to BIPOC (black, indigenous, and people of color) and then ask questions. Remember, this isn’t a time to share your own experiences.”
The presentation also told the students that when minorities and people of color are mean to them to dismiss it in the name of antiracism.
“Some days BIPOC may be mean to you, but keep in mind that it’s rarely personal,” the children’s book reads. “You still need to show up anyway. Remember, being anti-racist requires effort.”
“Racism is as American as apple pie and baseball,” the book for adults states.
“As we sit here today, it is still woven into the fabric of our homes, communities, schools, government, economic system, healthcare, and so much more. As a matter of fact, it would be difficult to find one facet of our society where racism does not exist.” White supremacy isn’t the shark, it’s the ocean.”