Talking to Teens About Race

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Around the world, parents and caregivers are looking for ways to talk to their children about race, protests, equality, and what it means to a part of today’s society.


These can be incredibly hard conversations, especially as many adults struggle with these concepts on their own, never mind trying to explain racism to a child or teen. But they’re also incredibly important conversations. If our world is going to get better, if people of color are ever going to be able to live safely and freely in a just society, then these are the conversations we need to have.

Here at Nomad Press, we want to help. We don’t pretend to have all the answers, but we do have a book that might do some of the work of deepening understanding. And now we’re offering two free sample chapters from Race Relations: The Struggle for Equality in America by Barbara Diggs.


In the Introduction, we define some terms and start with a bit of history. Why do we think in terms of skin color? How can we work to overcome the lingering effects of the institution of slavery?

In Chapter 7, we learn more about the Black Lives Matter movement, including how it started and why it continues. Important discussion questions, links to online media, and activities help kids work out the fundamentals behind what they’re hearing in the news these days.

Race Relations: The Struggle for Equality in America

You can find even more discussion questions in the Classroom Guide.

Race Relations Classroom Guide

You'll find lots of Essential Questions for deeper level thinking


Every experience is an opportunity to learn, and we’re always here to help.

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