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News | 05 June 2020

How to talk about race and racism


We can all help to better identify and challenge racism, and reflect the Scouts values of care, integrity and respect, if everybody has these conversations including with our children and young people. The resources below will help support conversations about race, racism and what it means to be anti-racist.

Books for you to read:

Why I’m No longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Diversify by June Sarpong

How To Be Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Don’t Touch My Hair by Emma Dabiri

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

Brit(ish) by Afua Hirsch

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Race by Robin DiAngelo

Black and British: A Forgotten History by David Olusoga

The Good Immigrant, edited by Nikesh Shukla


Books to read with your children:

A Is For Activist by Innosanto Nagara (picture book)

Let's Talk About Race by Julius Lester, illustrated by Karen Barbour

Brick by Brick by Giuliano Ferri (board book)

Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman, illustrated by Caroline Binch (6–8 years)

Don't Touch My Hair! By Sharee Miller

A Change Is Gonna Come by various (Young adult)

The Skin I’m In by Pat Thomas

Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X by Ilyasah Shabazz, illustrated by AG Ford (6–10 years)

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael López (4–8 years)

Something Happened in Our Town by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins and Ann Hazzard, illustrated by Jennifer Zivoin (4–8 years)

You can find more recommendations here.

Resources on anti-racism:

Angela Davis on intersectional anti-racism (via Roshni Goyate)

Anti-racism resources for white people (via Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein)

75 things white people can do for racial injustice (via Medium)

Ways to help (via Black Lives Matter)

Know your rights (via @initialola on Twitter)

Free flyer printing (via The Photocopy Club also here)

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