How to Deal With Racism in School

Parents, if your teen tells you they were discriminated against at school because of the color of their skin, Dr. Latisha Ross advises you to sit down to have an open and honest conversation about racism, bias, bigotry, oppression, and how the incident made them feel. After you’ve listened to their thoughts and shared your own, you may want to learn more about it together through books, videos, and other resources. Reach out to the school to discuss the incident with all those involved. It’s the school’s responsibility to address issues of discrimination or bias and create a safe space for all students.

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About LaShieka Hunter

LaShieka Hunter is a health, parenting, and entertainment writer living on Long Island, NY. Her work has appeared in The New York Times; O, The Oprah Magazine; Essence; Dr. Oz The Good Life; Men’s Health; and Ebony.

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