Amid the protests that have followed George Floyd’s death, it has become necessary for all nonblack people to take responsibility and educate the future generations about racism. We have to become anti-racist and observe zero-tolerance policy against any sort of racial prejudice.
Right now, social media is quite angry about the injustices inflicted on black lives. However, in a few days, this wave will die down but we have to make sure we practice the same level of resistance against systemic oppression and make it an essential part of our daily lives.
The first changes come from within and that is only possible if you educate your children and families about why the black lives matter movement is important.
Art and literature are the best forms of teaching children about social injustice. Here are some books you can read and recommend to others who want to learn about the challenges of being back in this era.
1. All the Colors We Are: The Story of How We Get Our Skin Color, by Katie Kissinger
2. How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi
3. So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo
4. Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice, by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard
5. Stamped: Racism, Anti Racism, and You, written by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds
6. White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo
You can also visit websites like The Conscious Kid, EmbraceRace, The Girl Scouts, and The Greater Good Science Centre to learn about the history of black people and how prevalent institutional racism is in our society.
Right now, practices like posting a black square and talking about George Floyd’s death for two days are not enough. We need to actively resist the system so next time, we do not have to protest for another black person dying at the hands of not just police brutality but also because of bystanders who did nothing to pull the knee of that officer away from Floyd.