“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”
— The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Download your copy here.
Courtesy of Teaching Tolerance – A project of the Southern Poverty Law Center
Biracial: 1) Of, for, or consisting of members of two races. 2) Having parents of two different races. 3) refers to a person whose parents are of two different socially designated racial groups, for example: Black mother, White father. In a less commonly used, but equally accurate meaning, biracial can also refer to someone who has parents of the same socially designated race, when one or both parents are biracial or there is racial mixing in the family history that is important to the individual. This use of biracial moves us away from requiring “fractions of blood” to recognize the prevalence of racial blending throughout American history. However, the social and psychological experience of the person who uses the term this way may be different from someone who is a “first-generation” biracial.
Courtesy of the Mavin Foundation
“Racism isn’t born, folks, it’s taught. I have a two-year-old son. You know what he hates? Naps! End of list.” ~ Denis Leary
Just a quick update to let you know that we REACHED OUR GOAL of $10,000 for our Diversity Jellybean campaign! Thank you to our many supporters! You are helping to make my dream a reality and the world a better place!
So far we have raised $6755 and we need to raise $3245 TODAY! Will you help me do it?
We’ve received some GREAT press lately:
Thank you all SO much for your support! This has been an amazing process, but definitely a STRESSFUL one too! Please share our campaign with as many people as possible today–if we don’t meet our goal, we won’t receive ANY of the funds! THANK YOU!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Tracy Jackson
Voice: (405) 426-9706
Fax: (866) 758-1502
Small Business Uses Crowdfunding To Spread Sugar Coated Message
EDMOND, Okla., – June 28, 2012 iCelebrateDiversity.com’s founder, Tracy Jackson speaks to children as young as preschoolers about the simple message of not judging people by their appearance. In fact, she even uses candy to spread the message.
Diversity Jellybeans look like ordinary jellybeans, but they have a secret: “You can’t determine what is on the inside by simply looking at the outside.” A red jellybean might taste like licorice and a black jellybean might taste like coconut. It’s always a surprise with thirty-six flavor and color combinations.
“Many schools use them as part of their anti-bullying and teaching tolerance curriculum,” said Tracy. It’s a simple but resonate message that translates from the classroom to the boardroom. From Apple to Disney to Starbucks, corporations committed to diversity have utilized Diversity Jellybeans as a training tool to bring awareness to subconscious stereotyping and hidden biases.
Enter problem: Her supplier went out of business. “This is both my biggest nightmare and biggest opportunity,” says Jackson, “I have to turn away orders because I don’t have enough capital to meet the manufacturer’s 10,000 pound minimum for custom jellybeans.” Enter (hopeful) solution: So, she took to the popular crowdfunding site Indiegogo.com three weeks ago to help raise the money. While she has raised nearly half of her $10,000 goal, her deadline is fast approaching and if she does not reach her goal, she will receive nothing.
Tracy is hoping people will open their hearts (and wallets) to help her keep spreading this important, yet tasty, sugar coated message. To get involved or learn more about her campaign, visit: http://www.indiegogo.com/stop-stereotyping
iCelebrateDiversity.com is an Edmond, OK based company that launched in August 2001. The company has grown from being an internet resource for parents to a leading resource for schools and corporations looking for unique tools to assist in teaching about diversity, stereotyping, bullying and team building. For more information, call (405) 426-9706 or visit iCelebrateDiversity.com.
We have been given lots of favor in the last 24 hours! We are going to be able to move forward with our manufacturer with a smaller budget AND Indiegogo truly wants us to succeed! They have allowed us to cut our goal to $10,000!! This is AMAZING NEWS! Please help us continue to get the word out about this great teaching tool! Every little bit helps! $1, $5, truly anything you can give!
Will you help us keep this work going? And share it with friends?
(might I add that crowdfunding is definitely not for the faint of heart!)
Thank you to the many supporters so far! Please help us continue to get the word out!
Go here to support our campaign: www.indiegogo.com/stop-stereotyping
“Racism is a grown-up disease and we must stop using our children to spread it.” – Ruby Bridges Hall
Hi Multiracial Family,
I REALLY need your help–please help me get the word out:
America is not like a blanket – one piece of unbroken cloth. America is more like a quilt – many patches, many pieces, many colors, many sizes, all woven together by a common thread.” ~ Rev. Jesse Jackson
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book! Super cute! This sweet story is about a biracial little girl who stays home with (White) dad while her (Black) mom goes to the beauty shop for her weekly scheduled appointment. She “does” her daddy’s hair while she anticipates what mommy will look like when she comes home.
Another self-published book that I love! Buy it here!
(I just ordered a new one from this author that I’ll review soon)
Embrace Our Differences Bracelet is a favorite on our site! It has lots of great quotes on the inside (not all appear on image above): Outside: Embrace Our Differences. Inside: “Always remember that you are absolutely unique, just like everyone else!” ~ Margaret Mead; “We have become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.” ~ Jimmy Carter; “Like snowflakes, the human pattern is never cast twice.” ~ Alice Childress
Produced by Fire and Light Media Group
Multiracial Oath of Social Responsibility
I want to make a difference in this world. Therefore:
I strive to improve race relations.
I recognize the people who have made it possible for me to affirm my multiracial identity.
I must fight all forms of oppression as the oppression of one is the oppression of all.
I will make a difference!
Copyright 2004, Maria P. P. Root
Diversity is the one true thing we all have in common. Celebrate it everyday! ~ Unknown
I LOVE this! USA Network created an award-winning public service program called Characters Unite, created to address the social injustices and cultural divides still prevalent in our society.
They offer some great FREE resources for educators too:
Characters Unite Game Cards – The cards can be used for discussion, writing assignments or game play, including two fun options for 4-6 players, to open minds and embrace differences. The deck is geared for high school teachers and their students, but also can be used by other educators, employers, community leaders and parents.
It is not our differences that divide us.
It is our inability to recognize, accept,
and celebrate those differences. ~ Audre Lorde
I’m always looking for books that reflect multiracial families. I buy any and all of them (I really need to post more reviews). This one, “The Hello, Goodbye Window” by Norton Juster is one of my favorites. The little girl has a brown momma and white pappa, as well as, a brown grandma and white grandpa. To read a detailed review, click the link above.