Naturopathic Pediatrics and PedANP statement on Racism, plus Resources for Parents and Providers
Here at Naturopathic Pediatrics we support the statement by the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians. See the excerpt below:
The Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians (PedANP) rejects racism, oppression and violence in all its forms. We have watched recent events with sadness and anger. The murder of George Floyd is the most recent and public example of racism that plays out every day in a spectrum of ways. Structures of systemic racism threaten the physical and mental safety of children for the duration of their lives. White supremacist structures directly harm children, families and communities who are oppressed due to race. Children die at increased rates because of the construct of race. Children exposed to circumstances of adversity due to structural inequities experience toxic stress that threatens their physical and mental health and behavioural strategies for the rest of their lives. Racism systematically disadvantages children through impacted access to adequate education, nutrition, housing, and healthcare, which ultimately increases the risk of exposure to environmental toxins, joblessness, poverty, substance use, violence, chronic disease and incarceration. These patterns are persistent and transgenerational.
To view the entire statement from the Pediatric Association fo Naturopathic Physicians please click here: Statement of Structural Racism
Resources for parents & caregivers to talk to their kids about racism
Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners
Black Books Matter: Children’s Books Celebrating Black Boys
So you want to talk about race: anti-racist picture book recommendations for kids
Top 154 Recommended African-American Children’s Books
How do we teach our children anti-racism? These resources will help
Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup
Talking about race: I am a Parent or Caregiver
Integrated Schools: Raising White Kids with Jennifer Harvey
fare of the FREE CHILD podcast (ongoing)
“Fare of the Free Child is a weekly-published podcast community centering Black people, Indigenous people, and People of Color in liberatory living and learning practices. With a particular interest in unschooling and the Self-Directed Education movement, Akilah S. Richards and guests discuss the fears and the fares (costs) of raising free black and brown children in a world that tends to diminish, dehumanize, and disappear them.”
Intersectionality Matters podcast (ongoing), by the African American Policy Forum
Instagram: The Conscious Kid
Facebook: “In or Out?” Facebook group. Description: “In or Out is a group of like minded individuals of all colors and shades that have vowed to do our part to end systemic racism in America. We will lift our voices against the blatant oppression of Black and Brown people and stop the malicious murder of our unarmed Black Brothers and Sisters. We are a community of Hope, Love and open and honest conversation to bridge the racial gap in this Nation. Much love.” See this particular post.
Sesame Street Racism Town Hall
Resources for adults and providers
Anti-racism 101 “crash course”
Layla F. Saad: Good Ancestor Academy (multiple courses)
There are a number of excellent articles discussing many different aspects of systemic racism. There are more than I can list (simply due to time), but if you feel that I have left out a critical article please share it in the comments section below.
Healthcare specific articles:
Transgenerational Consequences of Racial Discrimination for African American Health
Structural racism and health inequities
Systemic racism and U.S. health care
Medical inequality. “Myths about physical racial differences were used to justify slavery — and are still believed by doctors today.”
Health Inequality Actually Is a “Black and White Issue”, Research Says
These are great articles if you are having a hard time understanding the current conversation around racism. It’s okay to have questions.
Answering White People’s Most Commonly Asked Questions about the Black Lives Matter Movement
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack Peggy McIntosh
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum
The Myth of Equality: Uncovering the Roots of Injustice and Privilege
The PedANP has compiled a Google Spreadsheet of many racism resources. Find it here!
There are so many more. If you have resources you have found helpful as a parent or provider please feel free to share in the comments section below.