Resources for talking to students about Charlottesville and racism

As educators and students return to the classroom for a new school year, the troubling and tragic events that took place last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, are on the minds of many. And for many students, the events hit home, stoking emotions that include confusion, anxiety and fear. Students are grappling to understand racism and hate in our country and the role of neo Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan and white supremacists. We have gathered several resources for helping educators frame these issues as they talk to students both in and outside the classroom.

A good place to start is the #CharlottesvilleCurriculum Twitter hashtag for educators to share websites, videos, and other documents to use in class:

The National Education Association has compiled these resources for students, educators, and families to address and engage in the national dialogue about racism, hate, and bias in the wake of events in Charlottesville. “Together we must foster safe spaces to move towards justice in education,” the NEA says.

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Education Week put together a list of resources that include questions teachers can pose to students, a podcast that covers the history of the KKK in Charlottesville, a guide to talking about the alt-right in class, and much more:

Teachers Share Resources for Addressing Charlottesville Hate Rally in the Classroom

For many teachers, a pall has been cast over the first few days of school. This weekend, a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., turned deadly when a 20-year-old man drove his car into counter-protesters, fatally injuring one woman and hurting 19 others.

The Washington Post last year published an article with ideas for teaching about racism, and this week published an article that contains an international perspective on racism in the United States:

Teaching about race, racism and police violence: Resources for educators and parents

Editor’s note: This Web package was originally published in December 2014 under the title “Teaching About Ferguson: Race and Racism in the United States.” In the months since we first shared this resource, the number of people of color killed by the police has risen and the number of resources that support teaching about these incidents has grown.

‘We have drawn a different lesson from history’: How the world is reacting to violence in Charlottesville

Much of the world looked on in horror and puzzlement as a demonstration by torch-wielding white nationalists in an American college town ended in violence and the arraignment of a 20-year-old man on charges of second-degree murder. James Alex Fields Jr. is accused of ramming a car into a crowd of counterprotesters, leaving one dead and 19 injured.

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