A New Online Resource from the National Museum of African American History Is Here to Help Us Talk About Race

published Jun 15, 2020
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Recently, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture  launched a new online portal called Talking About Race, which is full of resources for talking about race, racism, and racial identity.

The portal is designed for educators, parents, caregivers, and anyone committed to racial equity. It includes more than 100 multimedia resources, including digital tools, online exercises, videos, and scholarly articles meant to facilitate constructive discussions among families and communities.

Talking About Race was originally scheduled for a later release, but the museum moved up the launch date in response to the widespread protests prompted by the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, among other recent incidents of racism and police brutality.

“Since opening the museum, the number one question we are asked is how to talk about race, especially with children. We recognize how difficult it is to start that conversation,” said Spencer Crew, interim director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in a statement on the museum’s website. 

“But in a nation still struggling with the legacies of slavery, Jim Crow laws, and white supremacy, we must have these tough conversations if we have any hope of turning the page and healing. This new portal is a step in that direction… We hope that people will use this site to become more comfortable about engaging in honest dialogue and self-reflection.”

Talking About Race is organized into eight foundational subjects: Being Anti-Racist, Bias, Community Building, Historical Foundations of Race, Race and Racial Identity, Self-Care, Social Idenities and Systems of Oppression, and Whiteness.

Experts featured in the portal include Brené Brown, Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, Robin DiAngelo, Julie Olsen Edwards, Jerry Kang, Ibram X Kendi, Enid Lee, Audre Lorde, Beverly Daniel Tatum, Bishop Desmond Tutu, and Tim Wise. 

Talking About Race is free and does not require registration or sign-up to use. You can find it here.