Raising White Kids is a book for families, educators, and communities who want to equip their children to be active and able participants in a society that is becoming one of the most racially diverse in the world while remaining full of racial tensions. 


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Living in a racially unjust and deeply segregated nation creates unique conundrums for white children that begin early in life and impact development in powerful ways. Raising White Kids offers age-appropriate insights for teaching children how to address racism when they encounter it and tackles tough questions about how to help white kids be mindful of racial relations while understanding their own identity and the role they can play for justice. 

Ideal for parents, teachers, and anyone who cares about and cares for children.

Dr. Jennifer Harvey is a frequent speaker. We have posted one of her talks and resources for hosting a community conversation on anti-racism here

Praise for the Book:

"Buy this book for yourself, for your children’s teachers, for all parents and grandparents of white children who you know. Raising White Kids is both an antidote to the racial ignorance and fear most white families unknowingly pass along to their young and a powerful way to call white adults into the process of racial awakening in the name of creating more just and functional communities for all.” - Debby Irving, author Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race

“Jennifer Harvey’s brilliant work and passion for racial justice comes alive on every page. Raising White Kids is a theory-rich, practical guide with wonderfully helpful examples that will equip parents to navigate today’s racial challenges with confidence and grace. For the millions of mothers and fathers who are deeply invested in creating a better tomorrow in an increasingly multi-cultural America, Harvey’s book couldn’t be more helpful or more needed right now.” - Diana Butler Bass, author of Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks

“Required reading. This astounding book has a real shot of changing the conversation on race in America. If you're white and have a kid (or have ever been a kid), please read this book.” - Saira Rao, Co-Founder, In This Together Media

"With Raising White Kids, Harvey offers a much-needed roadmap for white parents who realize that racial injustice isn’t just a problem for kids of color. This insightful and practical book is a must-read for white parents who want to raise surefooted, self-aware kids in an increasingly diverse America. There are few things more important to the future of our democracy.” - Robert P. Jones, CEO, Public Religion Research Institute, and author of The End of White Christian America

"Finally! Jennifer Harvey provides a long-awaited and much-needed answer to a question often posed by white anti-racist allies: How do we raise our children to be allies in the struggle against racism? Raising White Kids provides practical advice and examples for parents that are well-grounded in the scholarship on racial identity and racial socialization. It would be a mistake, however, to think that this book is only for parents of white children. It is a critical resource for educators whose efforts to teach about racial oppression are routinely hampered by the wide knowledge gap between white students and students of color. Harvey helps faculty to understand why white students often need intense remediation around issues of race and racism, and provides both faculty and students with language and tools to grapple with the culture shock that comes with learning about racism for the first time." - Chanequa Walker-Barnes, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Practical Theology, McAfee School of Theology

"With candid passion and a persistent insistence that parents can and must face the reality and impact of racism for themselves as they help their children do so, Jennifer Harvey offers practical anti-racist strategies for parents to transform themselves, children, and our society. It provides hope for us and the tools to get there." Emilie M. TownesDean and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Professor of Womanist Ethics and Society, Vanderbilt Divinity School


Jennifer Harvey interview on NPR's All Things Considered with Michel Martin May 2020.

Jennifer Harvey on CNN August 2018.

Read about Jennifer Harvey's work in The Denver Post

Read about the Rally to End Racism and Jennifer Harvey’s keynote in The Washington Post. 

Watch Jennifer Harvey on Parenting Forward. 

Listen to Jennifer Harvey on Iowa Public Radio.

Jennifer Harvey in The Guardian

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Jennifer Harvey

The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Harvey is a New York Times bestselling and award-winning author, educator and public speaker. Her work focuses on ethics and race, gender, sexuality, activism, spirituality and politics—with particular attention to how religion shows up in these dimensions of our shared social life. Her greatest passion and longtime work, however, persistently and pointedly return to racial justice and white anti-racism.
Jen speaks and publishes with numerous academic and public outlets. Her essay Are We Raising Racists? spent nearly a week on the New York Times “ten most read pieces” list. She has written for and appeared on Good Morning America, CNN, NPR, Sojourners on-line, The Conversation and other national media outlets. Visit the author online at www.jenniferharvey.org.