Thank you to Aselefech Evans and Maureen McCauley for giving a thought-provoking presentation on “Talking With Your Kids About Race and Racism” at the PTSA General Session on Thursday. There were many takeaways from the discussion and Aselefech and Maureen shared a number of poignant examples from their own experiences. Aselefech brought up an example of something she, as a black woman, encounters very frequently: after she had just dropped her daughter off at her ballet lesson, two women approached her car and asked if she was their Uber driver—assuming that she was a service worker—even though she had just dropped her daughter off. This example sparked a lot of questions and discussion about microaggressions: brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults toward people of color.
Aselefech and Maureen also discussed the importance of educating ourselves and our friends and family about race and racism: this is hard, long-term work, and we all need to prepare for a marathon, not a sprint. Use the following links to download the Resource List they provided, download their presentation slides, and watch the video on white privilege that they shared during the presentation.
Thank you to everyone who was able to join us at this important discussion. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions, and remember to save the date for our next PTSA general session: Thursday, April 26 at 6:30pm!
Aselefech Evans is the Equity and Inclusion Coordinator for Cross Cultural Health Programs. Maureen McCauley has an extensive professional background in child welfare advocacy, especially around adoption and foster care. Together, they are the black mother and white grandmother, respectively, of one of our Hazel Wolf students. They have given numerous presentations and workshops, together and separately, on the topic of race, as well as on interracial families, racial identity, cultural competency and more.