To memorialize and honor the numerous Black individuals who have been killed by police or vigilantes, and to declare our support for the Black Lives Matter movement, we are collecting paper and fabric flowers from the community.
A letter from Lisa, our magical Editor in Chief
Talking about topics like race or sexual orientation is sometimes uncomfortable. But at Mindful Littles, we’re up for uncomfortable. That’s because we believe compassion is the perfect companion for discomfort. When we meet ourselves and others with compassion, we’re ready to listen, empathize and make change.
We recently connected with two Lamorinda Activists this week, after hearing them speak at the Orinda Peaceful Protest. Miramonte high school student Ava Moran and Howard University student Kaylyn Goode provided great insights on their personal experiences with racism, and suggestions on what we can all do next to keep “fighting the good fight” towards racial justice.
Kids see the signs everywhere — in neighborhoods and social media, in life, in chalk, on cardboard: Black Lives Matter, Hate is Taught, All Mothers Were Summoned When He Called out for His Mama. It’s clearer than ever that we all need to take action. We need to talk to kids about racism, especially when they’re young—according to a Healthy Children study, internalized racism can begin as early as age two.
“Why did the police officer squeeze his neck?”
This was the question my 8-year old asked us as my husband and I openly shared how George Floyd died in one of the most brutal ways a person could die. Throughout the week, my daughter’s question has been swirling through my head. And it wasn’t until this morning that it became clear why this was such an important question.
In 2015, President Obama shared his thoughts about how books make us better humans:
“When I think about how I understand my role as citizen…the most important stuff I’ve learned, I think I’ve learned from novels. It has to do with empathy…and the notion that it’s possible to connect with someone else even though they’re very different from you.”