Talking About Race
Produced by: The Smithsonian
Subject: Citizenship History
Topics/keywords: Citizenship Debate Discrimination Discussion Empire History Identity Persecution Racism Resources Segregation Stories Workshops
Age range: KS1 (ages 5–7) KS2 (ages 7–11) KS5 (ages 16–18) KS3 (ages 11–14) KS4 (ages 14–16)
Talking about race, although hard, is necessary. This resource has been created by the Smithsonian for educators to help with opening a discussion about race. It looks at the historical foundations of race, being anti-racist and building a community, as well as providing the tools and guidance to explore this topic whether you are teaching infants, adults, or any age in between. There’s no quick or foolproof way to talk about the complexities of race. But, it’s a conversation we all need to have, no matter your race, background, education or experience. What and how the history of race in America is presented is an opportunity to engage in thoughtful, respectful, and productive conversations.