Family Resources - Racism in America

Family Resources - Racism in America
Posted on 05/29/2020
Photograph courtesy of Mpls.St.Paul Magazine

A school--shaped by loved ones, staffed by those passionate for growth, and holding the world's future--is a prominent part of a community. As a part of Hastings Community, we wanted to acknowledge that many of us are feeling the impact of this week's circumstances surrounding George Floyd's death. For many of us, our hearts are heavy and we are without words.  We mourn the loss of his life, each in our own way.  We know that many of our children will have questions and need space to process as they continue to try and understand what's happening. 

As those conversations arise, we wanted to equip you with some potential tools to help our student body process. We know that different families will have different experiences and impacts by recent events. We also know that your children will look to you as a place to try and organize their thoughts, emotions, and experiences. Allowing the space for dialogue makes a huge difference. Let your kids know that you're comfortable talking about hard things. We hope you find some of this helpful as you try and balance these big questions with your family.

Some potential resources: 

Story Series: Something Happened in Our Town

A Parent’s Guide to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice

Discussing Traumatic Events with Youth

Children’s Book List to Support Conversations on Race, Racism, and Resistance

Ten Tips for Teacher and Talking to Kids about Race

Healing and change must begin now.  We are here to support our students and your family along the way