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Black Lives Matter Parent Guide

A quick introduction

Peaceful protests, mass marches, and portrayals of violence. Petitions, political speeches, and demonstrations. The last few months have seen movements advocating for an end to racial inequality on a mass scale. Yet, current affairs aren’t always tangible or immediately clear, especially from a child’s perspective. Many children may have questions about the images, stories, and conversations they hear on the news and around them. As parents, if we haven’t already, it is our responsibility to engage in positive and open discussions about race and racism with our children at home. 

Who is this guide for? 

Perhaps race has always been a topic of regular discussion in your family, or perhaps you feel unsure about how to approach the topic of race with your family. Perhaps you grew up never talking about race, or perhaps you regularly face discrimination. This guide aims to provide resources, advice, and tips to ensure everyone is aware of racial inequality present in modern-day society, as well as to share tools and knowledge to combat racism today. 

Racism and race is not a one-conversation topic, and our guide by no means contains all the answers. We simply hope to provide the foundations of a good place to start, to help inspire discussion and empower families to work towards racial equality in their immediate sphere of influence. If you haven’t got kids, not to worry: whilst our guide includes child-friendly analogies and resources, the content is inclusive material for both parents and non-parents alike. 

Black Lives Matter Guide