Black Lives Matter for Parents: Part 2

Updated: Jun 24, 2020

As if COVID-19 weren’t enough, the Black Community had to endure the horrifying death of George Floyd at the hands of a White police officer. This event not only shocked the United States, but it reverberated across the world, spurring protests, passions, and reigniting a movement that began almost 7 years ago in July of 2013.

In Part 1 of this 2-part series, guest author, Andreana Mabry, LMFT, shared with us 11 tips for the parents of Black and African American children on how to begin conversations surrounding racial injustice. If you missed it, you can check it out here.

In this post, I will be tackling the broader topic of how to discuss racial injustice with your child, regardless of how you or your child racially identify. With that said, let's jump right into how to talk to your kids about racial injustice.

***Note: This is a 2-part series. Part1 is written by Andreana Mabry, LMFT. Part 2 is written by Krystal Dreisbach, LMFT.

Defining Race & Racism

Let's start with the basics. When I teach my own children anything, I always start with the simplest lesson first, setting up a good foundation for later learning. If we are going to talk to our children about racial injustice, then we need the right building blocks for the job. That means we need to begin with the topic at its most basic.

Race is defined by the Cambridge Dictionary as "a group, especially of people, with particular similar physical characteristics, who are considered as belonging to the same type, or the fact of belonging to such a group; a group of people who share the same language, history, characteristics, etc."

Racism is defined by the same dictionary as "the belief that people's qualities are influenced by their race and that the members of other races are not as good as the members of your own, or the resulting unfair treatment of members of other races; the belief that some races are better than others, or the unfair treatment of someone because of his or her race."