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We are All Rafiki, Mates, Capains, Friends

1 January 2017

Abstract

The aim of this children’s book is to educate young children about racial microaggressions. Psychologist Derald Wing Sue and his colleagues (2007) defined racial microaggressions as “commonplace verbal or behavioral indignities whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults” (Sue, Capodilupo,Torino, Bucceri, Holder & Nadal, 2007, p. 278). This book identifies certain acts of bullying as racial microaggressions in order to teach children, as well as the general public, that bullying is not always as benign as one may initially perceive. Racial microaggressions can start as very small forms of bullying, but small things add up for those experiencing such microaggressions. It is important to understand that racism is ordinary and happens everyday, therefore racial microaggressions are far more common than one might think. It is never too soon to start teaching children about race -- children’s minds are open and flexible. Understanding how we differ from others is a key part of growing up. The message that we hope to instill in children reading this book is that it is perfectly acceptable to ask questions about others’ differences, and that those differences should be celebrated.

Sue, D. W., Capodilupo, C. M., Torino, G. C., Bucceri, J. M., Holder, A. M. B., Nadal, K. L. & Esquilin, M. (2007). Racial Microaggressions in everyday life: Implication for clinical practice. American Psychologist, 62(4), 271-286.

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