Kids Under Construction: Understanding race and other differences

Kids Under Construction

(ABC4) – Donna Tetreault continues the conversation on learning about systematic racism and Black Lives Matter, Friday.

In this episode, Tetreault covers points on perspective, privilege, encouraging empathy, and inspiring hope and activism.

Donna is joined by her friend Lisa Kirton who’s son Ellis is a dear friend to her son Asher. Lisa also happens to be a proud African-American woman who is willing to have this sometimes-uncomfortable discussion about systemic racism and the Black Lives Matter movement. Together Donna and Lisa have an informative and emotional conversation about race, injustice, and white privilege.

These two moms discuss what non-black people can do to become an ally to the African American community and help create momentum in a positive direction toward social justice to help end systemic racism.

How can we educate ourselves on the history of centuries-long racism? How can we really self-reflect and examine our beliefs in order to root out racism in all areas of our lives? What can we do to help in the fight for equality? This deeply provocative episode with two moms of two boys who are best buddies and don’t see each other’s race but only the love and camaraderie of friendship.  How can we be more like them?

The conversations however uncomfortable need to be had.  We all need to listen, learn and teach our children the value and meaning of equality for all.

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