Doing Something

Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in Children's Literature, Educators & Librarians, Race | 0 comments


A moment in the library at Ferguson, Missouri.

If you’re like me, you’ve been deeply sad and angry about the things that have been and are happening in Ferguson, and all the things in our country that we now refer to just by saying the name of a neighborhood. And you feel frustrated and helpless, too, and wish here was something you could do.

I can think of four things.

1) Take a deep breath and admit that racial bias is real, and that it hurts people daily.

2) If someone of color says that he or she has experienced racial bias, believe it. They are the experts. They know.

3) Try to read, write and publish more books that feature children of color. If we are going to see each other as real people, and not caricatures built of fear, we need to start young.

4) Donate some money to the Ferguson Library. This small library has stayed open when schools and other public services shut down. They are trying to buy “healing kits” for the kids in the community, to help them deal with the traumatic events all around them. If there is every a community that needs a safe, calm place where minds and hearts can meet (is there ever a community that doesn’t?), Ferguson is it.

More about the library here.

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