Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
--Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
As education leaders involved in equity work, we have witnessed the lack of participation by white families in school events related to racial justice. We wanted to provide white parents with a way to directly and personally contribute to the advancement of racial justice in the most personal, tangible way: how they raise their children.
Our documentary film “Conversations with My White Child: Soft on People; Hard on Systems” has a core purpose of helping white American parents raise children who will help to dismantle the white supremacy that harms everyone. The film is a tool for change more than insight alone.
The film includes stories from white parents to be shared and discussed in a supportive peer environment to create changes in how white Americans discuss race with their children. The aspiration is to meet white American parents where they are and help them to actively foster future adults who will be prepared to take on the challenge of dismantling white supremacy.
The parents and anti-racist advocates featured - including Tim Wise - offer stories and advice that are accompanied by a lesson plan for support groups with results.
Participants in this documentary have volunteered for this important project. They understand that racism harms everyone, especially all children. They do not purport to have answers. Rather, they humbly share their stories to help us all engage in conversations with our own children to make the world a better place for all.