On March 21, 2021, we commemorate International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination alongside the United Nations (UN) and racial justice groups in Bermuda and worldwide.
At Family Centre, non-discrimination is our everyday mantra. It is threaded throughout the entire organization at every touchpoint with our clients. We do not discriminate racially, socio-economically or culturally. Any family that has a need for our services can freely access them. Children and families are free to express their views on race, religion, gender, and sexual orientation. There are no exclusions based on any of these criteria. We don’t judge, rather we welcome differences.
Family Centre practices a culture of equality, acceptance and anti-discrimination. We invest in staff professional development of critical skills in cultural sensitivity. We do all we can to best represent the community that we serve, as a culturally sensitive organization.
Family Centre stands for the elimination of racial discrimination. Children and youth today, and generations still to come, deserve to live in a world where racism no longer threatens their wellbeing.
We join the UN and racial justice groups in Bermuda and around the world, to call on each and every one of us to stand up against racial prejudice and intolerant attitudes and behaviors.
The 2021 theme for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (March 21) is “Youth standing up against racism” and the hashtag is #FightRacism.
Watch these videos featuring anti-racial discrimination messages from youth in Family Centre’s Community Programmes, and see highlights from our ACEs Conference on Understanding and Addressing Racial Trauma. Scroll down to read our conversation tips below, and to learn what you and your family can do to make a difference and help eliminate racial discrimination.
#FightRacism by keeping the conversation going.
|Our ACEs conference on Understanding and Addressing Racial Trauma, in partnership with CURB and IAC Bermuda, advanced the conversation on racial discrimination and how it can affect a person’s physical and mental health. Check out the recent findings from our recent ACEs white paper:|
“Those who had a history of racism and bullying in childhood are at an 8-fold increased risk for developing an inability to focus or function due to a lack of concentration.” – Hines T and Guthman S, “2018-2020 Bermuda Adverse Childhood (ACEs) Experiences Study”
|The 2021 theme for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (March 21) is “Youth standing up against racism”. |
The importance of fighting racism is reflected through the voices of our Youth Leadership Academy youth. Watch this video as they share what racism means to them and how it affects young people.
|The 2021 theme for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (March 21) is “Youth standing up against racism”.
The importance of fighting racism is reflected through the voices of our young people in our Beyond Yoga programme. Watch this video as they share a call to action for ending racial discrimination.
We posted our black squares in solidarity. We marched the streets in solidarity. What’s next?
Don’t stop the conversation.
At Family Centre, we are committed to our mission to strengthen families to create a healthier Bermuda for our children.
That’s why we are sharing these conversation tips for parents.
1. Start the conversation.
Open the conversation early. Your kids are relying on you for information and, just as importantly, support on the current events.
2. Be prepared to listen.
You may not be their only source of information, so approach conversations with an open mind. Let them know you’re committed to engaging with their opinions.
3. Trust yourself.
As their parent, you are already the expert on your child. Be honest about your own uncertainties and go into any conversation with an open mind.
When topics like racism and injustice come up, parents may think, “My child is too young for this conversation…”
While young children (ages 2-6) may not have enough life experience to understand, having a conversation can help make sense of things that seem senseless. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when having the conversation:
Maybe your child is older, and you’re thinking, “My child already has an idea about it…”
Children between the ages of 7-12 tend to be more exposed to content and information more often – as they are interacting with peers and social media more readily. It is vital for children to be able to discuss topics without feeling judgement, shame or embarrassment.
My Child is a teen and we struggle to have conversations….
Teens are engaged in social media independently – and they do tend to be more interested in what their friends think about an issue. They also hear about difficult subjects in the news or from other social media platforms. As parents it is still important to have these conversations.
For more tips, visit https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/how-to-talk-to-kids-about-difficult-subjects
Truth and Reconciliation Community Conversations are changing the way we talk about race, justice and inequality. Openness, authenticity and trust are critical. Organized by Citizens Uprooting Racism in Bermuda (CURB), and led by Restorative Practice facilitators, these conversations empower participants to share stories and think creatively about how positive societal change can be achieved.
CURB has been facilitating this transformative, educational and solution-seeking process since 2017, and they would welcome you to join them. Register to join the next Truth and Reconciliation Community Conversations by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 707-1496.
Visit https://www.uprootingracism.info to learn more about CURB.
This Book Is Anti-Racist is a guided journal with more than 50 activities to support your anti-racism journey, written by Tiffany Jewell and illustrated by Aurelia Durand.
Who are you? What is racism? Where does it come from? Why does it exist? What can you do to disrupt it? Learn about social identities, the history of racism and resistance against it, and how you can use your anti-racist lens and voice to move the world toward equity and liberation.
“In a racist society, it’s not enough to be non-racist–we must be ANTI-RACIST.” – Angela Davis
This book is written for EVERYONE who lives in this racialized society–including the young person who doesn’t know how to speak up to the racist adults in their life, the kid who has lost themself at times trying to fit into the dominant culture, the children who have been harmed (physically and emotionally) because no one stood up for them or they couldn’t stand up for themselves, and also for their families, teachers, and administrators.