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Anti-Racism Resources

Anti-Racism Resources for AspireMN members

Starter reading list on how child welfare policies harm Black people, families and communities. 

Articles and Webpages

Talking About Race - from the National Museum of African American History and Culture

How to Talk to Kids About Race - from the Conscious Kid

Racial Equity Resources - from the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Resources from Children's Home & Aid

Making the Case for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion During Disruption

Human Resources: Balancing Urgency and Equity During COVID-19

Beyond Cultural and Linguistic Competence (CLC): Achieving Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Leaders of Color - from the Building Bridges Initiative 


Racism and Violence: How to Help Kids Handle the News

Racism and Violence: Using Your Power as a Parent to Support Children Aged Two to Five

Teaching Children About Race with Wanjiku Njoroge

Best moments from CNN and Sesame Street's town hall on racism for kids and parents

Hennepin County Board Declares Racism a Public Health Crisis - article from the Minneapolis Star Tribune

Community Violence: Reactions and Actions in Dangerous Times

Secondary Traumatic Stress: A Fact Sheet for Organizations Employing Community Violence Workers

Helping School-Age Children with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers

Helping Teens with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers

Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health: Discussing Traumatic Events with Youth

The Traumatic Impact of Racism and Discrimination on Young People and How to Talk about It

National Child Traumatic Stress Network's Resources for Youth  

75 Things that White People Can Do For Racial Justice 

Free 5-day Racialized Trauma Home Study Course 

Humanize My Hoodie: Jason Sole and Andre Wright

Robin D’Angelo discusses White Fragility



My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem

How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin D’Angelo

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

A Kids Book About Racism by Jelani Memory

Children’s book: Something Happened in Our Town follows two families — one White, one Black — as they discuss a police shooting of a Black man in their community. The story aims to answer children's questions about such traumatic events, and to help children identify and counter racial injustice in their own lives, posted HERE. 



The following section includes resources for educators, but these are good resources for staff at AspireMN member organizations, as well.

Addressing Race and Trauma in the Classroom: A Resource for Educators

Helping Youth After Community Trauma: Tips for Educators



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