One Manhattan organization is trying to get parents to talk to their children about race, especially when the conversation gets uncomfortable.

Border Crossers, a Manhattan-based organization that holds workshops for parents and teachers on how to talk to children about racism, is compiling a list of resources it believes could be helpful for people who are hesitant to talk to the kids in their lives about recent high-profile cases of police brutality.

“There’s this fear that talking about race will put ideas in kids’ heads,” said Benny Vásquez, co-executive director of Border Crossers. “But kids are actually really hungry. They’re seeing race and racism and they’re looking to us as adults to have real conversations…”

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“Why Don’t We Have Any White Kids?” (May 11, 2012)

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Educators4Excellence: “Why Don’t We Have Any White Kids?” (May 11, 2012)
Pittsburg Post-Gazette: “Why Don’t We Have Any White Kids?” (May 12, 2012)

“Here Are Easy Ways to Have Tough Talks With Kids About Race” (February 20, 2012)
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The Root: “How to talk to kids about race” (February 21, 2012)
Facing History And Ourselves: Using Facing History to Talk With Students About Race” (February 20, 2012)


New York Writers’ Coalition Blog
“Education Re-Segregation” (May 17, 2012)
“Crossing Borders”
 (February 16, 2012)

The Pulse at Ohio State
“Talking About Colors Other Than Crayons: Should Race Be a Topic in Elementary Classrooms?” (March 23, 2012)

Socially Just Parenting Project
“Talking With Kids About Race” (February 21, 2012)

“Three Tips for Social Entrepreneurs: Balancing Work with the Holidays” (December 6, 2011)

Community Clean Up” (April 27, 2011)

NYC Private Schools Blog
“Private and Public Schools Come Together to ‘Green’ West 61st Street” (Nov 23, 2009)
“Schools Build Community Around West 61st Street” (June 19, 2010)

 “Border Crossers” (June 2009)