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As recent events have painfully reminded us all, racial discrimination doesn’t rest. It’s relentless and insidious, creeping into our everyday interactions. So, teaching our children about diversity shouldn’t rest, either — which is why we’re so grateful for an uptick in kid-friendly movies and TV shows that foster important conversations about diversity and race.
When you think of kid-friendly movies and TV shows, you probably think in terms of what’s “appropriate.” You know, content you’d feel comfortable cozying up on the couch with your little ones to watch together. And since growth isn’t always comfortable, you might assume that programming which encourages growth isn’t the kind of content you and the kiddos will enjoy. However, movies and shows that feature diverse representation and don’t shy away from addressing race are both fun to watch and important.
They spur dialogue we can’t afford to gloss over with future generations. Following the May 25, 2020 killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police — and the subsequent global protests — as parents, we’re called to make sure we’re actively sharing stories with our children that celebrate people from all walks of life. We have to prioritize lessons about equality and the beauty of our differences.
That said, we’ve rounded up films and TV shows to help you educate your kids about diversity and race.
A version of this article was originally published in February 2016.