9 Expert Tips to Help You Talk to Your Kids About White Privilege

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Talking about race with your kids is a necessity, not an option. Often in school, kids are taught about segregation, and Rosa Parks, and peaceful sit-ins, learning how to label overt racism as “bad” without understanding the nuance and harsh reality of systemic racism. While BIPOC families may deal with this on a daily basis, white children are often not forced into the conversation in the same way. And while you can’t approach the topic of race with kids the same way you would with an adult, it is extremely important to have those conversations.

Especially now, as marches flood the streets, rallies cry out against injustice, and powerful voices speak the names of the Black people whose lives were taken from them, white families are forced to consider whether they’ve done enough. If you’re afraid the answer is no, you’ve already made the first step – now it’s time to take action.

According to Arizona-based K-12 school counselor Kelsey Faber, oftentimes parents’ first instinct is to unload an abundance of guidance onto their kids in an effort to help them untangle the world, to ensure that their children aren’t part of the problem. But while it’s important to learn how to talk about white privilege with kids, there are certain tactics parents can use to make conversations about race more effective. Whether you are feeling completely lost or just want to make sure your discussions are successful, these expert tips are designed with kids in mind.

Related: How to Explain White Privilege to Your White Working-Class Friends and Family

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