Teaching children about racism can be hard but it is very necessary. Luckily, parents have many resources to help them navigate this difficult conversation. Vera Ahiyya, a kindergarten teacher from New York created a video explaining racism to her young students in a way they could understand. 

Ahiyya’s kindergarten class has grown accustomed to distance learning. Last week, she decided, in light of current events, to read her class a book that she felt was extremely important, Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester. 

She shared her video on Instagram and YouTube so that she could reach a larger audience with her message. She writes, “ I made this video for the kindergarten students at my school. I realize this might be a helpful video for non Black children to also watch. In the video I discuss what racism is and how it’s impacted the lives of Black and Brown people. I also read aloud the story Let’s Talk about Race. Finally, I encourage young people to think about what actions they can take to use their voice to speak out against injustices.”

—Jennifer Swartvagher

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