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How To Talk To Children About Racism

University of Virginia students, faculty and residents attend a candle light ...

Credit: Associated Press

Above: University of Virginia students, faculty and residents attend a candle light march across grounds in Charlottesville, Va., Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017. Hundreds gathered on the campus for a candlelight vigil against hate and violence days after Charlottesville erupted in chaos during a white nationalist rally.

How To Talk To Children About Racism

GUEST:

Erlanger Turner, clinical psychologist and assistant professor of psychology, University of Houston

Transcript

After viewing images of the deadly protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, adults may be having a hard time making sense of the racial hatred on display. Imagine what it is like for children.

Parents may be getting a lot of questions from their kids, and it is not easy to strike the right balance in answering them.

Should parents talk to children about violence and racism? And what is the right way to talk to kids about racism and hate?

Erlanger Turner, a clinical psychologist and assistant professor of psychology at the University of Houston, answered some of those questions in a recent column for Psychology Today.

He joined Midday Edition Thursday to share his advice and tips for parents struggling with the "race talk."

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