Silence is Not an Option

For those who know me, know that I am a person of few words, but it is not a time for silence. I must speak out. Om Baby stands in solidarity against all acts of racism, disrespect and inequitable treatment of people. I stand together with the victims of marginalization, repression and violence because of their skin color and those who are seeking justice in protests across our country.  These injustices stem from generations of a racist and prejudiced system and culture that goes all the way back to the first enslaved men and women stepping foot in this country. It is such a deep wound that we can sometimes feel helpless when wondering how to address it. Don’t let the enormity of the situation be an excuse to not move forward in making change. I know that making a difference starts with me – acknowledging my own white privilege for example, exploring my role in a racist society and committing to self-care practices so that I have the resilience to sit with the discomfort.  I am committed to educating myself and those around me so that together we can learn a better way.

~Holly Keich

Resources for Parents
7 Key Steps to Raising Inclusive Children
How White Parents Can Talk To Their Kids About Race (NPR)
How silence can breed prejudice: A child development professor explains how and why to talk to kids about race (Washington Post)
Critical Conversations (The Conscious Kid)
Talking Race With Young Children (NPR) (audio)
How To Raise Anti-Racist Kids (with Dr. Nzinga Harrison) (audio)
1619 (New York Times) (audio)

Children’s Books on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
31 Children’s books to support conversations on race, racism, and resistance
The 2020 Ultimate List of Diverse Children’s Books
Books with Characters of Color
Mixed – Diversity and Inclusion Story and Discussion Guide for Parents(children’s book + parent’s guide)
AntiRacist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi – release date June 16th

Resources for Adults
“By not running from the books that pain us, we can allow them to transform us.”
~Ibram X. Kendi
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 DiAngelo
An AntiRacist Reading List
Come Through With Rebecca Carroll (audio)
Color blind or color brave? (TED talk by Mellody Hobson) (video)

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