It's Just For Fun Friday! On JFFF, we review items and activities that you can do with your kids in order to increase their cultural competence and diversity awareness.
Happy 4th of July everyone! I love pretty much everything about this holiday. Especially living in DC, there is so many festivals, parades, pomp & circumstance, as well as arguably the best fireworks display around! Even though I enjoy this day as a fun time with friends and family, it got me thinking a little about what our freedom really meant. Truth be told, this holiday only meant freedom for a select few - namely White males. Women and Black people (and all other people of color) were not free at all! Women did not have the same rights as men in 1776 - not even close! So were they really free? And Black people - I mean this one is pretty obvious. Freedom wasn't granted until 1865 with the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. And even then? Questionable...
So check out the video for ideas on how to talk to your kids about this. And then print out the page below for a quick list of potential questions and comments.
When do you feel women and minorities were truly free? Are they now? What do you think your kids will say about this? What other tools can you use to show them the freedom differential between groups of people? Leave a comment below.
Most of all, enjoy. And don't forget to HAVE FUN!
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This is the place to go to develop your child's cultural competence while still having fun! If you know that your child needs this essential 21st century skill, but find it so overwhelming, you are in the right place. Using everyday items and activities, you can increase the diversity awareness in your home. It's Just For Fun!
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