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
“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.
Resources for adults and providers
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:
Medical inequality. “Myths about physical racial differences were used to justify slavery — and are still believed by doctors today.”
These are great articles if you are having a hard time understanding the current conversation around racism. It’s okay to have questions.
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.