Talking About Race Matters

Talking About Race Matters:
A Community Conversation

Tuesday, January 20 at 6:30 pm
TPS Multipurpose Room, Lombard Street
Pizza and childcare provided with sign-up

It’s the children whose parents do directly address race — and directly means far more than vaguely declaring everyone to be equal — who are less likely to make assumptions about people based on the color of our skin…. If you haven’t talked to your children directly about race, why not? Are you waiting for the right time, or the right question? And if you have, how did you open the door to the conversation, and how did your child respond?
—KJ Dell’Antonia*

In the past few years, parents, educators, and students at TPS have come together for What Matters, a series of conversations about race, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Past events have included an evening devoted to Telling Stories to Change the World and What You Call Me Matters, last year’s dialogue-in-the-round about how students address adults in our community.

This month the Board Diversity Committee and the Family Diversity Committee will sponsor the next What Matters event: Talking About Race Matters. On the evening of Tuesday, January 20, a panel of TPS parents will speak about addressing race and racism with children, especially in light of the killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice and the national response. These parents bring a variety of professional and personal experiences—as educators, mental health professionals, parents of color, white parents in multi-racial families, etc.—to this important conversation. The event will also include audio and video recordings of students discussing their own experiences. A community discussion will follow. We hope you’ll join us on the 20th!

*“The Danger of Not Talking to Your Children About Race,” New York Times, April 2012.