What is the difference between teaching inclusion and teaching anti-racism? Source: Curious Parenting
The problem with strategies based solely on inclusivity and diversity is that they assume a level playing field for all. Anti-racism recognizes that racist beliefs have permeated our culture and created systemic problems. Rather than just talking about it, anti-racism asks that we actively work against it.“White parents especially don’t talk about [race], because they believe that kids should be colorblind. But studies show that as early as the age of 2 children begin to define people based on race.” – Ibram X. Kendi
A few years back, a black girl joined my classroom of mostly white two-year-olds halfway through the school year. Living in mostly-white Portland, meeting her was the first direct experience many of them had with someone who didn’t look like them. One child asked if her skin was dirty. Another child told her she couldn’t be Elsa, she could only be Moana. It is never too early to talk to kids about race. If we don’t do it, children of color have to bear the brunt of our silence.
There has been a LOT happening in the world this week (including Toronto) and we thought it was important to pass along some resources. It’s so difficult to navigate these complicated discussions at home. Especially when the issues are challenging and complex, even for adults. We know this though, we can’t say nothing. Now is not the time for silence. Your kids are not too young to start having these discussions.
We hope you are all well and keeping safe. We are sure many of you have heard the announcement from the Provincial Government yesterday that summer day camps may be allowed to operate this summer with strict safety protocols in place. We are sure there are many excited children (and likely parents too) in your home thinking about camp. When the government announces if summer day camps can open and determines the operating protocols to do so, we will be in a better spot to say when and if we can meet the expectations.
While we don’t yet know for sure if summer camp will run at Jane and Finch Boys and Girls Club, we do know that if our programs are open, they will look a lot different than they have in the past. Lower participant numbers, fewer locations, fewer activities where groups interact, face masks for staff and children, screening welcome procedures, virtual programs, fewer weeks of camp, shorter camp days, increased cleaning and hygiene routines will all be realistic options when our programs run again.
We hope to have decisions made in the coming weeks. For now, stay safe and we hope to be together again for summer camp 2020! Stay tuned. We will be in touch.