Racism continues to persist as a mechanism of exclusion, conflict and disadvantage in the United States and around the world.

The last few months have been a perfect storm of events that have led to the protests and calls for an end to racial discrimination of African American people and other minority groups. – A disproportionate number of black and brown people dying from the Coronavirus and as a result of the guaranteeing and social distancing, the associated disproportionate number of black and brown people losing their jobs as all non-essential business were closed or dramatically scaled down.

There was Ahmaud Arbery who was killed while jogging by a White father and son, then Breonna Taylor an unarmed EMT was shot eight times when plain clothed police officers illegally entered the wrong apartment to serve a “no knock warrant” to a suspect that was already in custody. More than two months later, those officers have yet to be charged for her murder.

There was Amy Cooper, a White woman who knowingly weaponized her White privilege by calling the police and reporting that an African American man had threatened her life when in reality he asked her to leash her dog who was running freely in a section of Central Park that required dogs to be on a leash.

Then came the murder of George Floyd, whose life was taken from him by a police officer who knelt on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds for an alleged non-violent crime despite him being handcuffed and immobilized on the ground by three other officers.

While these senseless acts of racism are nothing new in our country, what has made them so much more incendiary and devastating is the fact that they were all caught on camera so we have all been able to watch these immoral and criminal acts take place. This awareness has sparked a different level of outrage and call to action for people of all ages and races. 

At ACGC, we want to ask the question. What about the Kids? How are they dealing with what they are seeing and hearing about race and racism? What impact does this have on the mental health of children now and in the future? 

As a trusted community member, Austin Child Guidance Center created this online event to help parents and educators talk with their children about race and racism. 

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