Health professionals who care for children will find a thoughtful and hands-on resource to address racism and race-related issues in their practices in this essay collection. Leading experts from across disciplines frame the issues and provide practical information on prevention, intervention, and anticipatory guidance. Each chapter is grounded in the recommendations outlined in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement “The Impact of Racism on Child and Adolescent Health.” The AAP is committed to reducing the ongoing costs and burden of racism to children, the health care system, and society—this book is an important contribution to that effort and ongoing conversation. Available for purchase at https://www.aap.org/Untangling-the-Thread-of-Racism-A-Primer-for-Pediatric-Health-Professionals-Paperback
23: Talking with White Children and Adolescents About Racism
Margaret A. Hagerman, PhD, Megan R. Underhill, PhD, "Talking with White Children and Adolescents About Racism", Untangling the Thread of Racism: A Primer for Pediatric Health Professionals, American Academy of Pediatrics, Maria Trent, MD, MPH, FSAHM, FAAP, Danielle G. Dooley, MD, MPhil, FAAP, Jacqueline Dougé, MD, MPH, FAAP
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White children and adolescents form ideas about race based on their everyday experiences, interactions with others, and observations of patterns in their social environments. Although white children certainly have opinions about race and racism, many white parents and caregivers do not speak with their children about race. This chapter provides insights from current social science research about how white children learn about race and discusses best practices for communicating with white children about race in ways that promote color-conscious thought and action.
Keywords: whiteness, racism, children