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I’ve compiled over a dozen fun and family-friendly ways to combat racism, re-engage with your community, and learn about other cultures. Spoiler alert-Half of them are related to food activities so I hope you’re hungry!
This is my beautiful and amazing, colorful, and vibrant family.
My sister was adopted from Korea when she was a baby, my aunt is from Trinidad and we are all Jewish.
Growing up, we were raised that our family and our differences were not really differences. We were just the epitome of the American dream.
We all came here for a better life, to escape persecution, to be free.
And living in the Mid-Atlantic in the 80’s we were always surrounded by a mix of races and cultures and that was just normal life.
My sister and I used to dance around the house lip synching to Neil Diamond’s America and Free to be You and Me.
But now those albums FEEL DIFFERENT.
I got scared listening to it last summer.
WHO GETS SCARED LISTENING TO NEIL DIAMOND?!!!!
I actually wanted to say “Wait-shhhh. Don’t play it so loud. Someone might find out we’re not all white bread. We don’t need any trouble.”
Those lyrics that used to make me feel safe and assimilated now made me feel scared and different.
My previous point of pride was now a point of fear.
I thought with a new administration, things would be different this year. But the seeds of hate were sowed deep over the last 4 years and it’s going to take a while to fix this one.
So let’s talk about how WE CAN FIX THINGS.
First, I’m going to share 5 easy ways you can stand up to hate and racism.
But keep reading because after that I’m talking about FOOD! Nothing brings people together like food!
How to Stand Up to Hate for Parents
I’ve compiled a list of ways that we can stand up to hate and racism as parents. More family-centered ideas follow later in this post.
- Be a good neighbor and friend: Check in on your AAPI, Black, Latino, Jewish and other minority friends, family members, and colleagues.
Things are stressful right now so it’s nice to reach out and remind people that you’re there for them.
- Don’t just be “non-racist” be an anti-racist—meaning—stand up to racist views, act against them, and support your diverse community.
Make this part of your lifestyle. Continue this long after the hashtags and protests disappear.
- Share positive and constructive resources to help educate those around you. And think about what you may personally need to learn more about.
- Donate or volunteer for organizations working to fight hate and racism.
- Stop supporting organizations that promote hate. You may also want to speak up and share your disappointment with a company if they don’t show denounce violence and hate against minority groups.
- My friend Virginia @TheMandarinMama did a nice job of sharing how she voiced her concern over a company claiming to support the Asian community but not publicly denouncing the Anti-Asian hate crimes.
Create Family Discussions through Food
One of the easiest ways to bridge communities is through food.
- You can support minority-owned businesses by visiting their restaurants
- Get international cuisine cookbooks—try some of the recipes and thinking about how they’re different or similar to something from your family cookbook.
- Watch a fun food-related movie from another culture like Ratatouille, or The Hundred-foot Journey (a definite must-see!), Soul Food, Tortilla Soup, just to name a few.
- Hold an International Food Pot-Luck for your neighborhood for school: Our elementary school does this every year and it’s always hit. Each family brings a special dish related to their family culture or maybe a favorite place they lived. Nothing opens up cultural dialogue more than food.
- Create an international cookbook. This is a great option when you can’t meet in person (like this year due to the pandemic). Just have everyone submit their favorite international dish and print. Voila—community cookbook!
Related Post—”What’s Cooking at 10 Garden Street” (pictured above) is one of our favorite international kids cookbooks!!! Check out my review and the delicious turkey meatball recipe we made.
Explore other cultures through books and movies
Read about other cultures
Visit your local library to check out books about other cultures. The first step in creating unity and brotherhood is understand one another. And of course books are one of the best ways to do that.
Related—Check out one of my favorite book subscription services Jambo Books.
Have a Multi-Cultural Family Movie Night
Plan a family movie night and watch a movie centered on another culture. Bonus points for making a related international dish for dinner!
This is a great way to get the whole family involved. Then discuss what you learned and have your kids think about similarities between that culture and your family.
Disney Plus is a great resource for this. They have lots of different categories from Celebrating Black Stories to True Stories to Women’s History Month, plus all of the documentaries. They offer a lot for quality family time.
More Family-Centered Anti-Hate Resources
Here are a few more great resources to check out:
- Parents.com “How to Teach Your Kids to Fight Hate for Any Age“
They have advise on talking to kids about hate and racism, as well as how to deal with those awkward moments when family or friends say something insensitive or inappropriate.
2. From PBS.org How to Talk to Your Kids About Anti-Racism: A List of Resources
This article has great paretning tips as well as lots of episodes suggestions from PBSKids favorites like Sesame Street, that do a great job talking to kids about this challenging topic.
Now on to you…do any of these ideas speak to you? If you do any of them, please leave me a comment below and tell me about your experience.
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Let’s end the cycle of violence, hatred, and racism.
HI! I’m a Shana, self-proclaimed Media Mixologist, wife, and mom to two little girls. I love to mix up cocktails of crafts, recipes, wellness, family and business with just the right amount of sparkle to help you shine everyday. So, grab a glass, and let’s celebrate the cocktail of life!