ACNJ Stands in Solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter
The final moments of George Floyd’s life, as well as the countless other injustices impacting black and brown lives across the nation, highlight the need to combat the centuries of trauma that have resulted from systemic racism. Now is a time to reflect, challenge our assumptions and actively address racism in our own communities. It’s not enough to simply not be racist.
Our Kids Count data show that even at birth, black babies face greater obstacles than their white counterparts. In New Jersey, babies born to black mothers are over three times more likely to die before their first birthday than white babies. Nearly a quarter of all black children live below poverty. And although black children occupy less than 15 percent of the state’s total child population, they make up 41 percent of the state's foster care population and 63 percent of the total statewide juvenile detention center admissions.
Racism has deep roots in our society, and needs to be dismantled and actively denounced by all.
For more than 40 years, Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) has worked to inform policies to give every child the chance to grow up safe, healthy and educated. Now, more than ever, we will continue our commitment to emphasize the importance of race, equity and inclusion in our advocacy efforts so that every child can reach their full potential, regardless of race, ethnicity, or background. In order to truly be a strong nation, every family should have the supports they need to thrive.
We all have a role to play in achieving equity and eliminating disparities that impact outcomes for babies, families and communities. The foundation for change is in place; the opportunity is now!
A vision and action plan to unlock the potential of every child in New Jersey to grow up healthy, safe and educated.
WE SUPPORT #BlackLivesMatter. ARE YOU READY TO #DoRacialJustice?
ACNJ has compiled the following list of resources to help move the conversation on racial justice and equity.
Resources to help talk about race issues:
- Race Matters Institute: The Power of a Shared Language for Advancing Racial Equity
- White Fragility, Robin DiAngelo (video)
- Scaffolded Anti-racists resources, Compiled by: Anna Stamborski, M. Div Candidate (2022), Nikki Zimmermann, M. Div candidate (2021), Bailie Gregory, M. Div, M.S. Ed.
- Anti-Racists book list, New York Times
- WHAT IS JUNETEENTH?
- So You Want to Learn About Juneteenth?, New York Times
- The History and Meaning of Juneteenth, “The Daily” Podcast – New York Times
- TriCollege Library Resource Guides, Anti-Racism Resouce List
- National Museum of African American History and Culture, Talking About Race Web Portal
LEARN ABOUT RACIAL DISPARITIES
- Black Maternal and Infant Health: Historical Legacies of Slavery, American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) October 2019
- The Ethics of Perinatal Care for Black Women Dismantling the Structural Racism in “Mother Blame” Narratives
- The Coronavirus Will Make Child Care Deserts Worse and Exacerbate Inequality, Center for American Progress
- Segregated from the Start,Comparing Segregation in Early Childhood and K–12 Education, Urban Institute
- Equity Starts Early Addressing Racial Inequities in Child Care and Early Education Policy, The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
GETTING INVOLVED IN RACIAL JUSTICE ADVOCACY
- Ten Ways to do Racial Justice Advocacy After You Say Black Lives Matter, New Jersey Institute for Social Justice - Provides concrete actions you can take to help turn this moment in lasting policy change and to create an America – and a New Jersey – where Black Lives Matter is more than a hashtag.
- Centering Racial Equity Throughout Data Integration, Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy
University of Pennsylvania
- Kids, Race and Unity: A Nick News Special hosted by Alicia Keys, Accompanying discussion guides created in partnership with The Conscious Kid and family therapist Dr. George James.
- National Museum of African American History and Culture, Summer Reading Challenge Reading List
- BabyList, Anti-Racist Books for Babies and Toddlers