A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show offers simple definitions of race and racism, and helps kids and parents understand how they can contribute to anti-racism.
Emphasizes that we should notice and celebrate our differences, and everyone should all be treated the same no matter the color of their skin.
Positive Role Models
Parents and kids of difference races talk candidly about race and racism.
Violence & Scariness
Historical and contemporary racism is discussed, but both are clearly talked about as being wrong. Examples of racism discussed in the special are age-appropriate and not violent.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief mention of people having kids in the context of how races and cultures from all over the world mix together.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that PBS KIDS Talk About: Race and Racism is a fantastic special that explains race, racism, and anti-racism activism in an age-appropriate way. Historical and contemporary racism are discussed, but both are clearly talked about as being wrong. Examples of racism discussed aren't violent, and the special emphasizes that we should notice and celebrate our differences.
Is It Any Good?
This special is an excellent tool for grown-ups who want to talk about race and anti-racism with kids as young as three but aren't sure where to start. PBS KIDS Talk About: Race and Racism is aimed at kids, and the combination of using clips from PBS Kids shows and showing real kids age talking about these topics with their parents is a winning one. The educational experts who consulted on the show did a fantastic job of making these very abstract concepts relatable to preschoolers (though kindergartners and up will be able to comprehend the topics on a deeper level). If grown-ups and kids watch together, it can open the door to having non-awkward conversations about racism in real life. And while the show is ostensibly for kids, it models useful vocabulary and talking points adults can add to their playbooks.
The special meets kids where they're at developmentally, first asking if kids have ever noticed the color of their own skin, then progressing to more nuanced topics throughout the show. The overall message is an antidote to the "colorblind" ethos taught to many kids over the years, which experts believe is detrimental to kids' understanding of race. The special talks about how it's okay to notice and celebrate differences between each other, while at the same time understanding that everyone's equal and should be treated fairly. It emphasizes that racism still exists today, but it's a lot better than it used to be and will continue to get better if we all do our part.
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