INSIDE: Build a fun and beautifully diverse playroom with this list of 25+ toys and craft supplies to help create an anti-racist home.
In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be antiracistby Angela Davis
As a black woman married to a white man with three bi-racial children, it was always important to me to make sure that the toys my children played with reflected them and their family. Since our family included, a diverse range of skin tones our toy room has always looked liked the world around us. But this is not the case with many toys rooms around the country.
It starts at home
There is no such thing as race. None. There is just a human race — scientifically, anthropologically.Toni Morrison
Part of the work that needs to be done to combat racism and create a wholly anti-racist society starts at home with our children. The two most effective ways to bring up your child to be anti-racist is my having a variety of books and toys that reflect the diversity around you.
Not all in one day
To bring about change, you must not be afraid to take the first step. We will fail when we fail to try.Rosa Parks
As parents we all know that toy rooms aren’t built in a day, nor are diverse playrooms. It has taken me six years to accumulate the diverse range of toys, craft supplies and books for my children. So if you are looking to create a diverse play space for your children remember that you won’t be able to (and quite frankly shouldn’t) create one in a week or two weeks or even a year. It will and should grow with your child.
Furthermore, your diverse playroom should reflect your aesthetic and your child’s taste. Toys are toys whether they are black, white, brown, yellow or red. If you like wooden toys, look for diverse wood dolls and figurines. If your child is really into LEGO or Little People, try and include a diverse range of figurines.
List of toys to help create an anti-racist home
…’Black Lives Matter’ simply refers to the notion that there’s a specific vulnerability for African Americans that needs to be addressed. It’s not meant to suggest that other lives don’t matter. It’s to suggest that other folks aren’t experiencing this particular vulnerabilityBarack Obama
First off, if you can find a local store that sell black and brown dolls, toys and books START THERE FIRST! Support your local community stores so that they will continue to bring in black and brown toys and dolls for all children.
If there are aren’t any local stores to shop from or if you are looking for specific toys, this list below will give you an idea of where to begin.
Anti-Racist Craft Supplies
There is still more
Acquiring a diverse range of toys and talking about race is just part of the work that needs to be done to combat racism and to become anti-racist.
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