As parents, we’re focusing now more than ever to raise anti-racist kids. While it begins by having lots of conversations about race and racism with your children, there are other ways to educate kids about anti-racism with books, movies and more. We’ve rounded up some anti-racism videos that you can watch with your kids now.
Sesame Street: How to be an Upstander to Racism Song
Sesame Street has a great collection of videos on its YouTube channel focused on race. This newer song explains what to do if you see someone treated unfairly due to the color of their skin. Kids can learn how to speak up when racism occurs and share what they witnessed with an adult.
A Kids Book About Racism
A Kids Book About Racism is a must-have book for any anti-racism children’s literature collection. This video features author Jelani Memory as he reads his book and you can hear him explain his story.
Arthur on Racism: Talk, Listen and Act
Popular PBS Kids show, Arthur, reflects on Black Lives Matter with a special video. Arthur and Buster talk to Mrs. MacGrady about what they can do to actively fight racism, which will inspire kids to try out these anti-racist actions at home.
What Black Lives Matter Means to an 11-Year-Old
Sometimes it’s helpful for children to hear from people their own age when discussing issues in the world. Eleven-year-old Jolia Bossette originally shared her perspective in a fifth grade graduation speech in 2020 called, “My Skin Is Not A Threat.”
Let’s Talk About Race
Kindergarten teacher Vera Ahiyya went viral when she made a video to help talk with younger kids about race. If parents are struggling to find the right words on how to explain racism, this video is a great start.
Systematic Racism Explained
Older kids can begin to understand systematic racism in the United States with this explanation video that covers today’s race issues such as incarceration rates and job hiring. The video break downs the complexity of systematic racism and racial bias.
Kendrick Sampson Reads Antiracist Baby
Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi shares simple steps about how to start kids on a path to anti-racism. In this video, the book is read by actor Kendrick Sampson and the interactive storytelling video will engage your little ones. Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices is also an excellent show to watch on Netflix.
Sesame Street: What is Racism?
Here’s another Sesame Street video to add to your anti-racism playlist. Chris from Sesame Street explains racism to kids by telling a story about a boy who experienced racism while playing superheroes and how he stood up for himself.
Black Lives Matter Song
Hopster uses the power of song to help explain the Black Lives Matter movement to kids. We love a catchy song that includes an important message! Plus, it also explains how you can stand up for Black Lives Matter, too.
For more information on raising anti-racists and Black Lives Matter, visit the Talking About Race page at ChicagoParent.com.