Dr. Anne Hallward: how to talk about race and racism

Call to Mind is an MPR content initiative around issues of mental health.
Call to Mind is an MPR content initiative to inform and mobilize new conversations about mental health.

Many white parents have never learned how to talk about race and racism with their kids. Their silence perpetuates racism — but it can be hard to know how to start.

This hour-long program is about talking to white kids about race and racism: how white parents, families and teachers can learn to show up for racial justice in a way that will make a difference for generations to come. The show explores a wide variety of approaches with kids of all ages.

Parents, racial justice experts and teens all provide perspectives on these necessary and challenging conversations, with a focus on how white parents can actively interrupt the racist messages and stereotypes that children as young as 3 years old are already starting to pick up.

The host of "Can We Talk" is Dr. Anne Hallward, a psychiatrist in Maine. From Safe Space Radio and WBUR. Hear more programs at safespaceradio.com.

Broadcast during National Mental Health Awareness Month, as part of American Public Media's "Call to Mind" initiative to promote greater understanding of mental health.

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