Racism and Families

Healthy Connections Knoxville has a diverse team of volunteers who work together to strengthen all families and to create stable and healthy environments for everyone. Our Black communities are hurting right now and they need us to listen to them and to give our help standing up against the centuries of oppression that have been holding them back. We know that this oppression and the resulting racial trauma take a huge toll on families, and we are committed to better understanding these effects and walking with Black families to find solutions to structural racism in our community and to heal trauma in our homes. We strongly condemn all forms of racism and praise local and national efforts to recognize and combat this cancer on our society. Healthy Connections wants healthy, stable, and equitable relationships in our homes and in our communities.  All of us need to do better and we commit to being part of the solution. 

Here is list of resources that can help us learn more about how to do better:

Resources for white parents to raise anti-racist children:

  • Books:

·       Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners: books for children and young adults

  • Podcasts:

·       Parenting Forward podcast episode ‘Five Pandemic Parenting Lessons with Cindy Wang Brandt’

·       Fare of the Free Child podcast

  • Articles:

·       PBS’s Teaching Your Child About Black History Month

  • The Conscious Kid: follow them on Instagram and consider signing up for their Patreon

Articles to read:

Videos to watch:

Podcasts to subscribe to:

Books to read:

Films and TV series to watch:

  • 13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
  • American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix
  • Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 — Available to rent
  • Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) — Available to rent
  • Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix
  • Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) — Available to rent
  • I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc) — Available to rent or on Kanopy
  • If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) — Hulu
  • Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) — Available to rent
  • King In The Wilderness  — HBO
  • See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) — Netflix
  • Selma (Ava DuVernay) — Available to rent
  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution — Available to rent
  • The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) — Hulu with Cinemax
  • When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix

Organizations to follow on social media:

More anti-racism resources to check out: