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Powerful Truths: Understanding Our Bias to Build a Better Future

ParentEd Talks Replay

It can be tempting to think of our children as “colorblind." After all, they’re so young and innocent, what could they possibly understand about a complex issue like racism? It turns out… a lot.

Truth is: Socialization starts from birth and kids display biased behavior as early as preschool. Research suggests that promoting “color blindness” and ignoring race, racism and stereotypes actually leads to increased prejudice. The good news? Helping historically excluded and marginalized students develop positive ethnic-racial identities improves academic outcomes, health and overall well-being. And discussing race, racism and accurate historical information in school reduces prejudice among students of all racial backgrounds.

Watch this essential ParentEd Talk with Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Ph.D., one of the nation’s leading scholars on race.

Learn how to:

  • Spot the signs of bias in yourself and others
  • Educate your children on race and racism in an age-appropriate way
  • Teach your family the tools they need to overcome their own and others’ biases
  • Advocate for anti-bias education in your community

Speaker Bio 

Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Ph.D., is the Ford Foundation Professor of History, Race and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and the director of the Institutional Antiracism and Accountability Project. He is the former director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a division of the New York Public Library and the world’s leading library and archive of global Black history. He is the co-host of the popular “Some of My Best Friends Are ...” podcast.


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