Black children matter

Being a voice for children means being a voice for ending systemic racism.

By: Michelle Hughes | June 2020

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No child should grow up in a place where they have to fear the police or the school resource officer. Every child deserves the opportunity to thrive, whatever their race, ethnicity, or place of birth.

The road to meaningful policy change is painful. But we will walk it together, united in our opposition to racism, and united in our belief that Black and brown children should grow up in a community that supports and treasures them.

As advocates, we strive to make the world better for our kids. Because we truly want every child to have the opportunity to thrive, we are called to do our part to end racism. It is our responsibility to call out racism, to respect human rights, and to hold our leaders accountable when they enable inequity or protect white supremacist culture. It is the only way we can fulfill our mission to be a voice for children and to create the future they all deserve.

What we’re doing

NC Child stands with our Black colleagues, family, friends, and neighbors in the struggle for justice. We invite you to join us. Here are some of the ways we’re showing up for our children, community partners, and staff of color right now:

We’re continuing our commitment to center race equity in all our work, and to honor the lived experience of our staff and community partners of color.

After postponing in March due to COVID-19, we rescheduled 2020 Kids: Building Racial Equity in Child Advocacy to August 4 & 5, 2020. This event will be virtual, and free to attend. Look for more details in your inbox next week. Join us for a crucial conversation about how we, as a community of advocates, can dismantle and disrupt the institutional and structural racism that affects the lives and well-being of children of color in North Carolina.

Anti-Racist Resources for Parents, Caregivers, and Child Advocates

We’re sharing anti-racist resources on our social media to help you talk to your children and families about violence against Black and brown people. Here are a few of our favorites (follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more):

We are here for you. We want to know how you and your families are doing right now. And we’ll continue to share resources and opportunities to speak up against racism and for our children.

We hope that you will do the same for our team at NC Child. Please let us know what is important for you in your own anti-racist work, share resources that have been meaningful in your journey, and let us know what you would like to see in terms of advocacy and resources from NC Child. We learn from you and our network every day, and we look forward to deepening our learning together..

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