"Darkness cannot drive out darkness.
Only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate.
Only love can do that."
-Dr. Martin Luther King Junior
One of my very favorite stories about a child learning about Martin Luther King is in an old episode of this American Life called 'Kid Logic'. It's one of those mouths-of-babes stories where a child somehow cuts to the center of the message of love and justice that King preached as a follower of Jesus. And the devastating consequences of that message of love. I found the episode here. The story starts at minute 13:10 in Act One of the show but the whole episode is a really great piece of radio storytelling. Be warned though, if you're anything like me you will cry your eyes out EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. you listen to it.
I don't have any other deep thoughts to offer on the subject of kids and race this year. I have often suggested books to read to kids on racial justice and building equality. This time around I'll let the experts make the suggestions. The Seattle Public Library has a couple of excellent lists for children across the age spectrum: "Race and Social Justice Books for kids K-5" I think is has a few books that look suitable for younger ones as well. "Reading and Talking to Kids about Race" also has both picture books and chapter books, as does "Reading Race: Fiction for Kids." There's in the content of their lists but it seems like a great place to start to me and to test out books that you might want to have on your own shelves.
It's a good quote for a chaotic time.
Whatever you do this weekend, may you find rest and connection in family and community (recognizing that sometimes 'rest' and 'connection' are mutually exclusive).