What is racism?
Biologically, there is no such thing as a race. We are all the same genetically. Race based on skin color is a culturally made up way of grouping people by skin color.
Racism refers to practices and beliefs that give superiority, power, and privilege to some people, and discrimination and oppression to others based on the color of their skin.
Systemic racism is when political, educational, and social institutions limit access to rights, resources, and privileges on the basis of stereotyped notions of race. An example would be forbidding people of one race from using a water fountain.
Here is a list of articles, books, lessons, and activity plans, and other resources that focus on ways to fight racism and that celebrate diversity.
Books and Activities that Address Racism
Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki
-Let's Talk About Race by Julius Lester
-Looking Like Me by Walter Dean Myer
-Sister Anne's Hands by Marybeth Loriecki
Two Mrs. Gibsons by Toyomi Igus
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