Jenjii Hysten, facilitator of the final session of the Museums’ family workshop series, Doing the Work Together: Unpacking Anti-Racist Parenting Competency, introduced anti-racist practices, coached participants on setting intentions for growth and shared strategies for first and next steps at home and in school communities. Here Hysten shares where to start and how to keep the practice of being anti-racist going for yourself and your family at home as well as in a museum setting.
Where I started
The concept of anti-racist parenting is new to some families, yet some of us have been doing this our whole life. I’ve been in the work of equity since I was 16. I’m 44 now. The way I did this work before I had two black boys was very different; it was work on behalf of my people. But once I had Issac and William, I wake up every day to make this world better for them. Every day I go home and I tell my sons what I did today so they know that I have taken action to educate people about what would make the world more just for them. While there is so much hate in the images that our kids see, I need my sons to know that there’s a lot of people who want to see them grow up to be amazing. It may look a little different for your children, but I’m telling the story of sons I want to come home safely at night. We’ve got to share our stories so that we can share our common escape plan from the White Supremacy framework.