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Raising Antiracist White Kids: A Conversation for All of Us

October 7 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Join Jennifer Harvey, author of Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America, for Raising Antiracist White Kids: A Conversation for All of Us Saturday, October 7, from 3–6 p.m. This workshop is free and open to the public. However, reservation is required for the event. Please register below.

Powerful conundrums exist when it comes to raising white children in a society full of racial injustice. Should we teach white kids to be “colorblind” or to notice race? What roles do we want them to play in addressing racism when they encounter it? How do we do that? On top of it all, to talk about race honestly we have to talk about white privilege and racial injustice. How do we teach about race honestly, without making our children feel bad about being white?

Important public discussion exists about the impact of race and racism on children of color. But, we’ve talked much less openly about the impact racism on white children, let alone strategies for raising antiracist white kids.

In this workshop we’ll draw on Harvey’s work in Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America, to identify race- and justice-conscious strategies for nurturing antiracist white identity. How white people raise white children impact adults of all racial identities, as much as it does all of our young people. So, whether you’ve been a white kid, are helping raise white kids, have relationships with people who used to be white kids, or have children in your life who are friends with white kids—this conversation and workshop is for everyone.

Note: This event and the Platform talk on Sunday are made possible by the generosity of an endowment in memory of the late Nick Pacino, past president of the Board of Trustees and Society member for 13 years. Nick served the Ethical Society in ways large and small because of his belief that here and nowhere else, his values could be nurtured, challenged, shared, and passed on. In his memory and in recognition of ongoing ethical challenges like navigating antiracism work in a culture that overvalues whiteness, we welcome Dr. Jennifer Harvey to our community. Thank you to Nick’s wife, Eileen, who worked with our interim director to bring this programming to life.


October 7
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Becker Room
9001 Clayton Road
St. Louis, MO 63117
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Jennifer Harvey
The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Harvey is an award-winning author, educator and public speaker. Her work focuses on ethics and race, gender, sexuality, activism, spirituality and politics—with particular attention to how religion shows up in these dimensions of our shared social life. Her greatest passion and longtime work, however, persistently and pointedly return to racial justice and white anti-racism. Jen publishes in numerous academic and public outlets. Her essay Are We Raising Racists? spent nearly a week on the New York Times “ten most read pieces” list. She has written for CNN, Huffington Post, Sojourners on-line, The Conversation and countless other venues.