If Racism Affects Our Children’s Future, Why Are We Afraid to Talk About It? | Podcast Episode 2
Posted on April 5th, 2021
When something makes us uncomfortable, we often avoid it. But race and racism remain a part of America’s fabric, often tearing us apart when talking about it could bring us together. We discuss those fears and share some critical lessons that Child Advocates teaches in its ‘Interrupting Racism for Children” workshops. You will hear powerful insight on how our history still impacts our present; how the workshops focus on change, not blame; and how bravely talking about racism can replace fear with hope for our children’s future.
LINKS FROM SHOW:
- Child Advocates CASA Volunteer Program – https://www.childadvocates.net/volunteer/
- Interrupting Racism for Children: Information, Books and Other Resources – https://www.childadvocates.net/irfc/
- National Conference of State Legislatures – https://www.ncsl.org/research/human-services/disproportionality-and-race-equity-in-child-welfare.aspx
- Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson – https://www.isabelwilkerson.com/
- 9:08 – Find out how Child Advocates creates a safe space where people can discuss race and racism without blame or shame
- 11:06 – Hear why it’s important to break down barriers around race for our children and why, if we aren’t talking about it, we may not be meeting their needs
- 16:31 – Learn some of the key pillars that still support racism in America today
- 18:13 – A reading selection from the book “Caste” by Isabel Wilkerson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, who reviews the origins of racism in America, why she calls it a caste system, and why she says its invisibility gives it power and longevity today
- 23:40 – A discussion of lessons in Child Advocates’ Interrupting Racism for Children (IRFC) workshops and how systemic racism impacts children today even in the child welfare system
- 37:36 – How Child Advocates’ sees hope and a commitment to change when people attend their IRFC workshops and who the workshops are for
- 42:45 – Different ways you can help abused and abused neglected children
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