Author of Raising White Kids: An Anti-Racism Conversation for All of Us
Powerful conundrums exist when it comes to raising white children in a society that is racially diverse in the world, yet full of racial injustice. Should we teach white kids to be “colorblind”? Or, should we teach them to notice race? What roles do we want them to play in addressing racism when they encounter it? How do we best do that? On top of it all, when we talk about race well we have to talk about the reality of 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 talk much less openly or often about the impact of race and racism on white children. Meanwhile, unique challenges show up when you are being taught to value equity and diversity, but are unjustly privileged by injustice and inequity. Developing strategies for raising “healthy” (by definition, “antiracist”) white kids is a critical investment in the well-being and futures of all of our children.
Rev. Dr. Harvey will be offering a workshop, open to the community, the afternoon of Saturday, November 9. This workshop will focus on developmentally aware race-conscious parenting. She will preach on Sunday, November 10, and provide a 1-hour workshop following worship that will focus on adults’ understanding of their own racial identity.
Rev. Dr. Jennifer Harvey is a writer, speaker, and professor of religion at Drake University where she also serves as Faculty Director for the Crew Scholars Program. She has a Ph.D. in Christian Ethics from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. Her work focuses primarily on racial justice and white anti-racism. Dr. Harvey’s most recent books include Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in Racially Unjust America (Abingdon Press) and Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation (Wm. B. Eerdmans). Dr. Harvey has contributed to the New York Times, CNN and been a guest on both Iowa and National Public Radio (including NPR’s “It’s Been a Minute with Sam Sanders”). She is a widely sought after public speaker and is ordained in the American Baptist Churches (USA).