Social Justice Resources
A Message from the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team
The recent deaths and protests have brought up emotions of sadness, anger, helplessness, and rage, which have sparked communities all over the world to come together to fight for the lives of our black community.
Heartbreak over the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and several others, and the dissatisfaction with the failure to address systemic racism and inequities in our country, has led to civil disobedience and protests. Unfortunately, vandalism and looting is an awful byproduct of large protest demonstrations. The deeper issue, however, is the need to have these demonstrations. Despite the critique of how these protests have transpired, we feel that it is important to remain focused on the reason for it, which is an impassioned resistance to the continued oppression of people of color.
We have a unique platform as educators, to examine how our curriculum can be culturally competent and properly explore these tough issues in the classroom, be it physical or virtual. You, as parents and caretakers, also bear the responsibility of having the tough conversations to help support your children in navigating the important realities of our society. We have compiled some resources that we hope will help you and your family discuss these difficult issues. The goal of these references is to assist us in becoming more informed on the contexts of daily injustices, guide us to be more richly engaged in organizations that support movements for social justice, and inspire us to get involved by taking action to promote resolution and hope. At the foundation of the four pillars, is our commitment to empowering and supporting everyone in our diverse, equitable, and inclusive community.
Stay safe. Be well. And go Huskies.
INFORMATION (Articles for research and reflection)
- How To Talk To Kids About Racial Violence & Police Brutality (USA Today)
- Talking with Children About Racism, Police Brutality, and Protests (Aha Parenting!)
- Let’s Raise a Generation of Children Who Are Thoughtful, Informed, and Brave About Race
- Talking Race With Young Children (NPR podcast)
- How To Make This Moment the turning Point for Real Change (B. Obama)
- Don’t Understand the Protests? What You’re Seeing Is People Pushed To The Edge (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; LA Times Op-Ed)
- Resources for Talking About Race, Racism and Racialized Violence With Kids
- Beyond the Golden Rule: A Parent’s Guide to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice (Teaching Tolerance)
- The Science of Justice: Race, Arrests, and Police Use of Force
- Comprehensive & Urgent Policy Solutions (Campaign Zero)
- Talking About Race (National Museum of African American History & Culture)
- Tragic Death of George Floyd Reveals Continuing Problem of Police Violence (Equal Justice Initiative)
- We Need More White Parents to Talk to Their Kids About Race (Wash. Post)
- Story Of Last Surviving Witness of Tulsa Race Riots of 1921
- Systemic Racism Explained (YouTube)
- Daily Show’s Trevor Noah Explains Our ‘Social Contract’ (YouTube)
- Research and Publications (USC's Race and Equity Center)
- Consejos para hablar con tus hijos sobre las protestas y el racismo (CNN)
- Cómo hablar con tus hijos sobre el racismo
- ¿Cómo hablar con los hijos sobre el racismo y la discriminación?
ACTION (Lend support via petition and funding)
- Color of Change (Petition)
- Protect Black Votes
- Equal Justice Initiative
- Nationwide Bail Fund (general contributions)
- Minnesota Freedom Fund (specific to Minnesota)
- Official George Floyd Memorial Fund (Go Fund Me)
- Justice for Breonna Taylor
ENGAGEMENT (Social Justice Organizations)