Discussions about race, and the role of racism in our society, are constantly evolving. But there are moments when the conversation takes on a new urgency. In the wake of events like the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the killing of Ahmaud Arbery and the incident of the Central Park birdwatcher, it seems like race and racism are at the forefront of everyone’s minds.
Right now, we’re thinking about George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Christian Cooper. But we’ve been here before; we could be talking about Trayvon Martin, or Philando Castile, or Michael Brown, or Eric Garner, or Breonna Taylor, or any number of other high-profile cases that ignited public debate about race in America. As these events continue to unfold, families may struggle to talk about racism. However, it’s a necessary conversation to have, and one that we encourage families to consider.
In the past, we’ve offered conversation starters to help families start down this path — Talking About Differences, Talking About Civil Rights and Equality, and Talking About Advocating for Others are all good starting points. But in this moment, we believe that some families may be ready for more. That’s why we’re offering this Recipe for Conversation about Anti-Racism. Although there will always be public debates about the role of race in various situations, one thing is not debatable: Racism is wrong. By talking about how to actively work against racism in our own homes and communities, we can start to become part of a positive change that will hopefully mean that one day these conversations are no longer necessary.