“Don’t talk, just do!” This was what our five-year-old stated in a matter-of-fact way when we were recently chatting about putting an action plan into motion about some service projects.
I loved her enthusiasm, and I believe it is going to become our family motto for many things, including how we are working to become a family that acknowledges racial diversity and actively supports racial equality. As a Christian mama though, I am however doing my best to ensure that I am educating ourselves and supporting organizations that are truly being lights in the darkness.
We want to encourage and support, but we also want it to be God-honoring. That is the most important.
How are we doing this?
We started conversations with our daughter about racism. Instead of pretending it doesn’t happen or hoping it will “just go away” we are confronting it. We are teaching her that there are people in the world maybe even in her group of friends one day who will treat someone poorly simply because they look different or have a different skin color. We are having hard and messy conversations with her in an age-appropriate way.
We started having conversations as a couple about racism. Whew. This was honestly tough. I don’t think we have ever really talked about racism or anything regarding race, but our eyes and hearts have been opened and we have vowed to educate ourselves and change the culture in our home for the better.
We are diversifying our bookshelves. I have really enjoyed looking for picture and chapter books that feature people of different races. I plan to continue to add to our collection, but a few that we have added are:
“Martin and Anne”- The Kindred Spirits of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Anne Frank by Nancy Churnin
“Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt” by Deborah Hopkinson
“Henry’s Freedom Box” by Ellen Levine
“Turning Fifteen on the Road to Freedom” by Lynda Blackmon Lowery
“Never Caught- The Story of Ona Judge” by Erica Armstrong Dunbar and Kathleen Van Cleeve (The young readers edition)
We are diversifying our toys. Up until recently the only Barbie dolls our daughter had were handed down from someone else, but I took a quick trip to Target and bought a few Black Barbie dolls and a baby, and also plan to add a Latina and Asian Barbie as well. I didn’t want to buy the entire aisle and make it seem like Christmas morning or create a “what did you buy me today” situation so I will get one here or there for fun suprises! 🙂
We are supporting small businesses whose owners and creators are people of color. That might simply be by following them on social media or actually purchasing. I am quite careful as to who I follow on social media but one of my favorite little boutique businesses is @thetinytassel!
How has your family culture changed in the past couple of months?
In Him, Tamara
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