Durham summer camp teaches students about racism
A Durham summer camp is educating students about racial identities, an how to be an anti-racist.
Together, Changemakers segment is presented by Duke Health stronger Together. Duke health stands against racism. Summer camps are in full swing and some parents are signing up through Children for an experience like no other a camp focused on starting conversations with elementary students about race and racism in this forward Together. Report WRS Laura Levine explains how a nonprofit group in Durham created a safe space for kids to learn how to become their own advocate for change. Yeah, here on the playground is where it all begins for most kids, it's where they meet their best friends, their classmates and for others, I'm told it's where they really begin to have conversations about the difference in the color of their skin when school is out and the sun is beaming, kids are typically soaking it all is very important that Children learn to develop healthy racial identities. In Durham, there's a camp opening their eyes to so much more because black and brown Children already have stories of victimization um um, at the hands of of white youth. And so um in our camp we create the space for that type of sharing to occur. Dr Rhonda Taylor Bullock with the nonprofit we are is tackling heavy issues with first through fifth graders, topics like systemic racism, social justice movements, even the racial barriers behind a name, breaking it down in a way that Children can understand what was so beautiful and important was that even though um some of the kids grapple with their own identities, at least by the end of even a week, they're able to identify some wrongs that exist either against them or their friends. She likes to claim now I'm an activist, mommy, You know, Stephanie baker's seven year old daughter, Arianna loved the program, baker encourages all parents to find ways to have the race talk with their kids at home because if I'm not talking with her about it, then she's just going to draw her own conclusion. Bullock ads with this understanding, Children have the opportunity to stick up for themselves, bridge the divide and bring all communities together. Who would we become? Could we be that socially, just racially just society? And now, Dr Bullock hopes to equipped parents and schools with the tools to expand this program on a broader scale, laura, Levine wre Oh, news in dirt.