George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. And so many others. Their deaths have sparked protests across the country and heightened discussions about race and racism.

In our latest 12 on 12 Digital OriginalPerspectives on Race — we’re moving the conversation forward. A local expert and parents share advice on talking to your children about these difficult topics. The outgoing chancellor of UMass Dartmouth recalls his first experience with police brutality and how he still feels the sting of racism in his daily life. The head coach of URI men’s basketball tells us how he’s guiding his players through these times, and a New England Patriots captain describes the discussions the team is having.

In this 12 on 12: Video: Talking to your kids | Video: UMD chancellor interview | Video: Views from the sports world | Suggested reading/viewing

Talking to Your Kids About Race

UMD Chancellor: “This is broader than just policing.”

URI head coach: “This is much more than coaching.”

Additional Reading/Viewing

These materials were suggested by social worker Yvelande Bourisquot.

Books for Parents:

  • “Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools” by Monique W. Morris
  • Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World and Become a Good Ancestor” by Layla F. Saad
  • “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism” by Robin DiAngelo
  • “How to be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi
  • “So You Want to Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo
  • “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” by Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD

Books for Children and Teens:

  • “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas (teens)
  • “We’re Different, We’re The Same” by Bobbi Kates
  • “Antiracist Baby” by Ibram X. Kendi
  • “It’s OK to be Different” by Sharon Purtill
  • “Honeysmoke: A Story of Finding Your Color” by Monique Fields

Films and TV Shows for Parents:

  • “13th”
  • “When They See Us”
  • “Just Mercy”
  • “Dear White People”
  • “Fruitvale Station”


Reporters – Courtney Carter, Shannon Hegy & Yianni Kourakis
Executive Producer – Jen Quinn
Photographers/Editors – Scott Del Sole
Graphic Designer – Lisa Mandarini
Digital Content Producer – Shaun Towne
Special Thanks – Nicholas Blair, Johnny Villella, Lee Dooley, James Bartone, Susan Tracy-Durant, Beth Fernandes, Karen Rezendes

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