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On this page, you will find the answers to the activities in the 'How to Raise an Anti-Racism Ally' guide. You can also read advice from some of the people who helped to create the guide. Further resources for both kids and adults are included below, as you continue along your journey as anti-racism allies.
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Resources for parents, caregivers, family and friends
It can be hard to know how to support kids, especially if they have firsthand experience of racism. Check out the resources below to help you talk about racism with kids.
Why is this anti-racism guide important for kids?
The world is both very big, but also very small for kids. Your whole world is your family, your school and the community around you, and for those people, those places to be truly anti-racist, to be supportive of you, curious about you as a whole person is an incredibly empowering thing for a child.
- Jez Hunghanfoo
What advice would you give to parents who want to raise anti-racism allies?
As a person of colour I was brought up to be proud of my heritage, culture and the knowledge that the world is made up of all sorts of people. I was also exposed to different cultures through books and television. This made me super comfortable in my skin and taught me self-worth. It gave me the guidance that the world is built up of all different types of people, cultures, and colours but ultimately we are all bound by being human. That is what I will be passing on to my own child to raise her as an anti-racist ally.
- Sakshi Chait
What advice would you give to kids who may experience racism at school?
It's okay to be different. It's okay to look different and talk different. Being different is what makes all of us unique and what makes the world beautiful and interesting. Don't let anyone convince you that being different is not okay!
- Phoebe Mwanza
What are some things adults can do to help kids build confidence in their identity?
My mum has always been my best ally. With all of her heart, she celebrated my Vietnamese heritage - she told me stories from her time living and working in Vietnam, she cooked traditional Vietnamese dishes and taught me how to make them, and she made me feel special for the things I got bullied for. My mum taught me to be proud of who I am and she showed me how to be a genuine ally to people with lived experience of racism. I take this lesson forward with me now as I reflect on my own privilege and take action to be an anti-racism ally to others.
- Ha Pham
Keep going on your ally journey with these resources
- The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad and S.K. Ali
- Intersection Allies: We Make Room for All by Carolyn Choi and Chelsea Johnson
- I Am Enough by Grace Byers
- Coming of Age in the War on Terror by Randa Abdel-Fattah
- Living on Hope Street by Demet Divaroren
- Living on Stolen Land by Ambelin Kwaymullina
- The Bluest Eye by Tony Morrison
- The First Scientists: Deadly Inventions and Innovations from Australia’s First Peoples by Corey Tutt
- Heroes, Rebels and Innovators: Inspiring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People from History by Karen Wyld
- In My Blood It Runs
- Rabbit-Proof Fence
- Hidden Figures
- Turning Red
- Ask us anything: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People (Youtube)
- Systemic racism in America explained (Youtube)
- Australian Black Lives Matter by ABC Behind The News
- Voices of Amnesty (Podcast)
- Anytime Amnesty (Podcast)
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Things you can do
There are also many amazing events and groups that you can join to show your support as an anti-racism ally!
Go to cultural festivals and events like NAIDOC week and learn about the diverse ways communities celebrate!
You might be interested in attending a protest or a rally as a family.
Do you want to start an Amnesty Action Group at your local school? Join the Schools Program!
Being a good ally is about showing up when you’re needed, and stepping back when you’re not. It’s about taking action to support a group you aren’t part of in whatever ways they need.
Help challenge racism by adding your name to the petition for an anti-racism strategy in Australia.
You can help promote equality in policing, health care, housing, education and employment, and help create a world where human rights are enjoyed by all.