Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Once again, our community is outraged following the police killing of an unarmed Black man—Daunte Wright. The trauma of Mr. Wright’s death is amplified by the backdrop of  the horrifying, damning testimony in the Derek Chauvin trial for the death of George Floyd. 

We at NACAC condemn the killing of Black men and other BIPOC individuals at the hands of the police. We affirm that Black lives matter. And we continue to examine our own role in the child welfare system, which is deeply affected by racism that harms children and parents of color. As that ever-important work continues, we call on our community here at home and across North America to come together to support children, especially children of color, traumatized by police violence, injustice, and racism. 

NACAC encourages all families to continue having conversations with their children, extended family, and friends about the ongoing impact of race, social injustice, and police violence.   One way to help is to share resources such as those we compiled below.

Explaining Police Killings of Black People/Other Racial Incidents

Understanding the Uprising

Fighting Hate

Talking about Race and Racism

Understanding Race or Racism

Being Antiracist

Transracial Parenting

History of Racism and Civil Rights

Disproportionality in Child Welfare and Other Systems

Resources for Professionals

Resources for White Parents to Raise Anti-Racist Children (from the Evanston Public Library):

  • Podcasts:
  1. Five Pandemic Parenting Lessons With Cindy Wang Brandt
  2. Fare of the Free Child
  • Article:
  1. PBS’s Teaching Your Child About Black History

News Source Run by African Americans

Reading Lists

Books for Kids Ages 4 – 8

  • Something Happened in Our Town by Ann Hazzard, Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins; available on You Tube
  • A Kids Book About Racism by Jelani Memory
  • Momma Did You Hear the News? by Sonya Whittacker Gragg

Books for Kids Ages 8 – 12

  • One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
  • A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramee

Books for Teens

  • This Book is Anti-racist by Tiffany Jewell
  • Dear Martin by Nic Stone
  • Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

 Books for Adults

  • The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  • The Grace of Silence by Michele Norris
  • A Choice of Weapons by Gordon Parks
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • Autobiography of Malcolm X
  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
  • Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
  • Makes Me Wanna Holler by Nathan McCall
  • Mississippi Solo & South of Haunted Dream by Eddy Harris
  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Beverly DiAngelo
  • How to Be an Anti-racist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Stamped: Racism, Antiracism,and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
  • Racism without Racists: Colorblind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
  • My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem
  • A Journey by Nikki Giovanni
  • books by Langston Hughes
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Iljeoma Oluo
  • White Rage by Carol Anderson
  • The Very Good Gospel by Lisa Sharon Harper
  • The Half Has Never Been Told by Edward E. Baptist
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  • All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung



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