Talking about race, although hard, is necessary. We are here to provide tools and guidance to empower your journey and inspire conversation.
A lifelong journey
Talking about race starts with personal reflection:
When were you first aware of your race?
What do you remember from childhood about how you made sense of human differences? What confused you?
What childhood experiences did you have with friends or adults who were different from you in some way?
How, if ever, did any adult give you help thinking about racial differences?
Why talking about race matters
Everyone has a racialized identity.
Racialized identity has major impact on a person’s life.
Race is a defining social construct in American life.
Who Am I?
I Am an Educator
Whether you are teaching infants, adults, or any age in between, you are an influential part of your students’ learning and development. Educators too have an important role in communicating our history and culture. What and how the history of race in America is presented is an opportunity to engage in thoughtful, respectful, and productive conversations. Start, continue, or expand the conversation with us.
There’s no quick or foolproof way to talk about the complexities of race with your child(ren). But, it’s a conversation all families need to have, no matter your race, background, education or experience. Let’s get started, continue, or expand the conversation together.
You care about making the world a more equitable and just place for all. You may just be starting to think about your role and ability to impact others, or, you may be further along on your journey. Wherever you are, what you do and say matters. Explore how to speak and engage constructively about race, so we can all grow together.
Socially and politically constructed, whiteness is not simply referring to skin color but is an ideology that reinforces power at the expense of others and strengthens systems of oppression. Let’s dig deeper.
An oppressive system is built around the ideology that some groups are superior to others. These systems take on many forms, but they all have essentially the same structure. Let’s recognize our role within them.
Community building is something we do together to share perspectives, create brave space, and foster relationships. We are members of a community dedicated to ending racism. Let’s build a national community and grow your local one.
Ibram X. Kendi explains why not being racist is not enough. We have to be antiracist. Ibram X. Kendi's incendiary polemic is stirring, provocative and impossible to ignore. Here he explains why it's not enough to simply say you're not racist.
How did the US deal with Native Americans? By forcing their children into boarding schools so they could become "civilized." Dennis Banks, founder of the American Indian Movement, shares his personal experiences with Abby Martin in The Empire Files.
Since the opening of the museum, the number one question people ask us is how to talk about race. In 2014, we launched our signature program, “Let’s Talk! Teaching Race in the Classroom.” Every year we’ve learned, reflected, and refined the program content – always growing and striving to do better.