Old Saybrook Youth and Family Services Newsletter | June 2020
Standing Up To Racism Together
It’s wonderful to see so many people throughout our community and around the world standing up, speaking out and demanding an end to racism like never before. Tackling a huge problem like racism can seem overwhelming, but we have gathered some useful resources to help.
Talking to Children About Racism
CNN and Sesame Street host town hall to address racism
" Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism. A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Kids and Families " will air on this Saturday, June 6, at 10 a.m . ET online on CNN, CNN International and CNN en Español.

The show will feature Sesame Street characters and experts talking to kids about racism, the recent nationwide protests, embracing diversity and being more empathetic and understanding.
Additional Resources for Talking to Children About Racism:
Racism and Violence: How to help kids handle the news. Read

A Clinical Perspective on Talking to Kids About Racism. Watch

Children's Books to Support Conversations about Race, Racism and Resistance. List

Even more excellent resources for talking to kids about race and racism. Learn more
African-American father talking to his child about difficult news
Resources for Teens and Adults
Where to Begin: Seeing White Privilege
We live in a very privileged community. Like the air we breathe, the privileges of whiteness are all around us yet are invisible to most of us unless we make the effort to become consciously aware of them. The   Scene On Radio  podcast series  Seeing White  makes the invisible visible by focusing directly on the notion of whiteness itself. Listeners are introduced to the history of whiteness and racism, and the leading scholars and authors on the topic whose books should be required reading for every person serious about understanding and ending racism. The Seeing White podcast series is free to download, as are the accompanying study guide , transcripts and bibliography .
Next Steps: Racism is a Pandemic. We are the Cure.
Level Up: Be Antiracist

In a society where structural and institutional racism already exist, it is not enough for us as individuals to simply not be racist because it is passive and leaves those racist structures and institutions intact. If we truly want to be free of racism we must be  antiracist . Anti-racism is the active practice of identifying, challenging, and changing the values, structures and behaviors that perpetuate systemic racism. Here are some resources to get you started.