Talking to little ones about racism is, of course, never going to be an easy conversation. But it is a necessary one.
Educating the next generation on the importance of ending racial discrimination is crucial, which is why a kindergarten teacher has made a 13-minute video for young children, in which she gently explains what racism is, how it spreads, and why it must end.
Teachers across the globe are now using the video to encourage conversations around discrimination in their classrooms.
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Vera Ahiyya, who has taught kindergarten for 13 years and works at a public school in New York, explains racism, before she reads the children's book Let's Talk About Race, in an effort to ensure her students are engaged in the discussion at a time of great momentum for the Black Lives Matter movement.
"You may have noticed or heard your family talk about what's happening in the news beyond just the COVID virus which is spreading," Ahiyya explains. "We also are combatting a different kind of disease. This is not the disease you catch with germs from person to person but it's something that happens with the way that people think."
"Some people have the belief that people with black or brown skin should not have the same rights or privileges as people with white skin," she continues. "This is called racism and racism has happened in the United States for over 400 years."