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113: Teaching Your Kids about Racism & Bias // Jasmine Bradshaw of First Name Basis Podcast

Teaching Your Kids About Racism and Bias by popular Utah mom podcast, 3 in 30: image or Jasmine Bradshaw with her husband and daughter.

Do you feel intimidated by the idea of teaching your children about racism and bias? Do you feel that this is an important social justice topic to teach your kids, but you are unsure how? 

Today’s Martin Luther King Day in the United States, so I wanted to continue the conversation that we started on the podcast a few months ago with Episode 101: Why and How to Talk to Your Kids about Skin Tone and Race, and focus on teaching your kids about racism.

If our children aren’t comfortable having conversations about skin tone and learning about the difficult realities of racism in our society, then they will never be able to make conscious decisions about how they want to operate in the world.

Today’s episode is for any mother who feels the weight and importance of teaching our children about racism but feels unequipped to have these difficult and sensitive conversations. 

Three Takeaways on Teaching Your Kids About Racism

 1) Teach your children that race is a social construct that was used to justify slavery.

2) Teach your children about implicit bias–what it is and how to combat it. 

 3) Teach your children to respond with humility when they make mistakes or hurt someone.

Links Mentioned in Today’s Show

 Quotes from this episode:

  • “[Race] has value because we gave it value as a society.”
  • “You can see right there, just ‘degeneration of the ideal’ is going to lead to some problematic beliefs about different human beings if they are ‘degenerate.'”
  • “So that’s what we mean when we’re saying that race is a social construct that was used to justify slavery. Because you can’t have slavery in a place where all men are created equal. But if enslaved people are not necessarily men, then it doesn’t mean that you’re breaking with your values.”
  • “Racism existed and then we created race to kind of explain it.”
  • “Implicit biases are just the attitudes and stereotypes that affect your understanding and your decisions in a manner that’s unconscious.” 
  • “Racism as like a smog. Sometimes it’s really, really thick and we can see it, and we can reach out and touch it.”
  • “Another thing that you can do is get on a first name basis with people who are different from you.”
  • “Little children as young as two and three years old are starting to put people into categories based on what they’re seeing. So segregation is that tool that is used to perpetuate these things within us that we don’t even know about.”
  • “It’s okay if I feel a little uneasy about these conversations and about this topic; what matters is that I want to learn and I want to be better and I’m willing to sit in the discomfort for the sake of becoming a better human and learning.” 

Full Transcript

For a full transcript of the episode, click here.

 Online Workshop!

I am teaching my full Declutter your Motherhood workshop live and ONLINE on Tuesday, January 28th, and I would love for you to join us. Go to 3in30podcast.com/workshops to reserve your seat.

Don’t miss the follow-up episode with Jasmine and Dr. Lucretia Berry!

What’s one thing this podcast taught you about teaching your kids about racism? Let me know in a comment below!

About the Podcast Host, Rachel Nielson

Rachel taught high school English for five years before deciding to be a stay-at-home mom to her two miracle babies, Noah Atticus, who was adopted, and Sally Grace, who was conceived through IVF.

In her life, Rachel has experienced great sorrow but also great joy--and she loves diving deep into the topics that matter most. Thank you for listening to the podcast and giving her a chance to share her heart.

4 Comments

  1. jennica woodbury on 01/22/2020 at 1:52 PM

    Loved this! Doing a family council on this subject tonight with my family

    • Rachel Nielson on 04/05/2020 at 11:51 AM

      Family council on this idea is an incredible idea!

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