The Black Lives Matter movement is the largest global movement in history and has become part of our everyday lives. It's for this reason Museum intern and Cal State LA student, Evelyn Velez has compiled a list of resources to help families discuss the Black Lives Matter movement and racial justice with their children.
Here's more about Evelyn.
Hello everyone. My name is Evelyn Velez. I am 21 years old, and I attend California State University, Los Angeles. I am in my fourth year, and planning to graduate in the spring of 2021. I am Mexican American, born and raised here in Los Angeles, California. I am a homebody, meaning I like staying home and watching Netflix or Hulu, so this past quarantine did not bother me at all. I am working with the Museum of Social Justice to spread awareness about the importance of children learning about the Black Lives Matter movement. I will be sharing articles and tips to help families communicate with their children about this matter. If you find any of the information helpful, please don't hesitate to share it with other people.
Our hope is that the Black Lives Matter Protest s movie opens the door to challenging and essential conversations at home and in the classroom, as well as inspires action. We understand that these discussions may not be easy, but silence is not an option. Silence allows racism to thrive. Following are some suggestions from Dr. Jean Schlegel Ph.D., a New York-based clinical and school ...
In the United States and many other countries around the world, people are protesting against the mistreatment of Black people, especially by (mostly white) police officers, whose job is to serve and protect them.Hundreds of thousands of people in the US and around the world are going into the streets holding signs and marching to raise awareness of the problems faced by people in the Black community.
For many decades, Black people have been treated unfairly compared with people of European descent and others. Often they have not been given the same advantages–for instance, not hired for jobs or unfairly harassed.
Time and again, Black people have protested this unfair treatment. While there have been some improved changes and accountability in policing, there continue to be many challenges.
Then on May 25, a Black man named George Floyd was killed by police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They were arresting him for a relatively minor alleged offense. He did not deserve the treatment he got and he did not deserve to die.
People are talking about some athletes going down on one knee during the American national anthem.
Some people think it’s a good idea, and some people think it’s a bad idea.
The idea of going down on one knee (known as “taking a knee”) started in 2016. That’s when American football player Colin Kaepernick took a knee before games during the American national anthem.
He did it to protest people of colour being treated unfairly by police (in this case, in the United States). For instance, many African Americans may be questioned by police (when they have done nothing wrong) or pulled over when they are driving (again, when they have done nothing wrong).
How Black Lives Matter Has Changed How Black Families Talk About Racism Today : Shots - Health News : NPR
The Black Lives Matter movement has changed the country and shifted conversations about police, social justice and structural racism.
Nowhere is the impact as great as it is for Black families, especially those with children. NPR spoke with five couples about how their family conversations have changed and how they try to support and inform their children in the face of police violence and racism.
The cries for racial equality have been heard across the world as thousands of protesters rallied after the death of George Floyd. But at one protest in Missouri, the calls for change were coming from a much younger demographic.
"We are the children, the mighty mighty children. Here to tell you, Black lives matter!" hundreds of children chanted as they marched down neighborhood sidewalks in Kirkwood with their parents on Saturday.
In June 2020, 11-year-old Californian Jolia Bossette decided to use her fifth-grade graduation speech as an occasion to give voice to her thoughts and feelings. In her speech, she reminisced about how she was “the cutest thing,” as a toddler, and asked, “But when did I stop being cute and start being scary?”
“Does my dad scare you? Does my mom scare you? Does my auntie scare you? Because let me tell you something: We are not scary.”