Friday, February 24, 2017

Black History Month is good time to talk about racism, says Toronto writer - CBC

by Muriel Draaisma
Originally published: February 21, 2017

Black History Month is a good time to talk to children about racism in Canada, says a Toronto writer and mother.

Samantha Kemp-Jackson, who writes about parenting, told CBC's Metro Morning on Family Day that it's important to celebrate the achievements of black Canadians in February, but also to have what may be difficult conversations with your children about discrimination and violence that arises from intolerance.

"Well, I think that, unfortunately, our kids are hearing things even if we don't bring it to them. They hear it around them, either on the news, on TV, or on the playground. I think that we need to use those opportunities as teachable moments," she said.