Speak Up and Take Action Because Racism Doesn’t Sleep

I am so proud to be part of the latest freed downloadable Classroom Kit from Multicultural Children’s Book Day, Conversations, Books, and Kids:  Raising Awareness on Systemic Racism in America.

Raising Awareness on Systemic Racism in America

I was asked to contribute my thoughts and wisdom on this topic and it was the perfect opportunity to share my life experiences with racism and what is on my heart.
Here is an excerpt:

Racism and the Lifelong Impact it has on Children by Deedee Cummings

 

     I was 7 years old when I realized I was Black. I was 47 years old when I discovered that it does not matter what color our skin is, and the idea of “race” was a social construct.

 

     In the second grade, my class was given a standardized test. As part of the pretest process, the test had a series of fill-in-the-bubble answers that told the test-giver more about us as students. When I came to the question regarding race, I filled in “white.” As a child of a biracial family, I identified as white because my dad is white.

 

     I was surprised and embarrassed when my teacher laughed, patted me on my head, and erased the bubble I filled in for white.

 

     “Honey, you’re Black,” she told me as she filled in the corresponding bubble on my behalf. To this day I can feel her hand on my head and hear the word “Black” as she stretched it into three syllables.

To read this piece in its entirety and learn more about the Multicultural Children’s Book Day free Classroom Kit, Conversations, Books, and Kids:  Raising Awareness on Systemic Racism in America, GO HERE.

In addition to constantly listening and constantly learning, here’s how you can do your part to Raise Awareness on Systemic Racism in America:
  • Speak up when you see something wrong or someone who needs support.
  • Give your classroom and your bookshelves a thorough audit.
  • Teach accurate history regarding the history of racism in our country.
  • Be aware of any racial trauma your students or children in your life may have suffered.
  • Teach children what racism is and how it may look to them in their daily life.
  • Encourage children to call out racism the same way we encourage children to call out bullying.
  • Explain that racism is not always committed by bad people.
  • Talk about how people are harmed by racism even when those acts are not overtly intentional.
  • Make sure your environment models inclusive behaviors.
  • Make it a practice to lean towards listening and empathy, not towards speaking and defending. You do not always have to respond or react.

Learn more about the Multicultural Children’s Book Day free Classroom Kit, Conversations, Books, and Kids:  Raising Awareness on Systemic Racism in America, HERE.


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About Deedee Cummings

As a therapist, attorney, author, and CEO of Make A Way Media, Deedee Cummings has a passion for making the world a better place. All 15 of Cummings’ diverse picture, poetry, and workbooks for kids reflect her professional knowledge and love of life. Colorful and vibrant, her children’s books are not only fun for kids and adults to read, they also work to teach coping skills, reinforce the universal message of love, encourage mindfulness, and facilitate inclusion for all. Cummings has spent more than two decades working within the family therapy and support field and much of her writing shares her experiences of working with kids in therapeutic foster care. As a result, her catalogs of published books for kids are filled with positive, hopeful messages. Using therapeutic techniques in her stories to teach coping skills, Cummings also strives to lessen the stigma that some people feel when it comes to receiving mental health assistance.
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