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Author: Jasmine Bradshaw

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As parents, we all want to teach our kids to be inclusive, but how? Join Jasmine Bradshaw each week as she gives you the tools and practical strategies that you need to talk to your children about race, religion, and culture. If you are a parent who values inclusion and wants to teach your children how to truly love those who are different from them, this podcast is for you!
36 Episodes
You think you know the story of Francis Scott Key watching the “rockets red glare” and “bombs bursting in air” as a prisoner on a British warship, but there is a lot to this story that you probably did not learn in history class. In this episode we unpack the man behind the Star Spangled Banner, how it became our National Anthem, and whether it truly represents American values.    Annotated National Anthem   The Short History of the War of 1812 in Maryland    Article: Star Spangled Bigotry: The Hidden Racist History of the National Anthem by Jason Johnson    What So Proudly We Hail, Documentary from Morgan State University    Francis Scott Key Opposed “Land of the Free”   Where’s the Debate of Francis Scott Key’s Slaveholding Legacy by Christopher Wilson   Star Spangled Banner Born From a Drinking Song 200 Years Ago   The Fight for the Anthem   Oscar Stanton De Priest    Mississippi Lawmakers Pass Resolution Paving Way to Remove Confederate Symbol from State Flag by Brittany Shammas Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 
There have been many different types of reactions to the calls for racial justice that are going on in our country right now. If your social media looks anything like mine you’ve probably noticed a lot of spiritual bypassing. Spiritual bypassing is a term coined by psychologist John Welwood in 1984, he describes it as, “a widespread tendency to use spiritual ideas and practices to sidestep or avoid facing unresolved emotional issues, psychological wounds, and unfinished developmental tasks.”  It is calls for “prayer,” “unity,” and “love” without a commitment to action. It is the message that “we are all different and God loves everyone” and statements like “I’m not listening to the voices of the world anymore, I’m only listening to God.” Spiritual bypassing may look harmless on the surface, but it is actually a form of violence because it shuts down conversation and allows people to distance themselves from the responsibility they have to be part of the solution, which in turn perpetuates racism. In this episode we discuss how to spot spiritual bypassing, what makes it so dangerous, and what you should do when you see it.   Human Nature, Buddha Nature: On Spiritual Bypassing, Relationship, and the Dharma by John Wellwood    Spiritual Bypassing, White Privilege, and Black Lives Matter   Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 
2:18 What is Juneteenth?

2:18 What is Juneteenth?


Juneteenth is the oldest celebration of the abolition of slavery here in the United States. Every year on June 19th families come together to celebrate the resilience of our ancestors who survived and persevered during one of the darkest times of our nation’s history. We take time to reflect on where we are as a family, a community, and a nation and how we can work together to better live out our country’s values of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Listen in to hear the history of Juneteenth and how your family can take part in this powerful celebration.    Make sure to take a photo and use the hashtag #fnbjuneteenth so that we can see how your family is celebrating this powerful holiday!   Join the First Name Basis Patreon Community    Episode 3: Talking To Your Children About Slavery   Juneteenth Printable Cards & Lemonade Recipe   Juneteenth History   Book: Free At Last! Stories and Songs of Emancipation by Doreen Rappaport*    Cookbook: Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking by Toni Tipton-Martin*   Last Seen: Finding Family After Slavery (the website where you can transcribe the newspaper ads of formerly enslaved people looking for their family members)   NYT Article: Hot Links & Red Drinks: The Rich Food Tradition of Juneteenth   1619 Podcast    President Lincoln Quotes    Black Codes   White Savior Complex   Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood    *Amazon Affiliate Link
Right now our country is reeling from the murders of our Black brothers and sisters. You may be confused by all of the uprising and rebellion, but you need to understand that they, in the words of Dr. King, “...are not the creators of tension” they are “merely bringing to the surface the tension that is already alive.”  Black people have been unfairly killed and systemically disenfranchised since we were kidnapped and brought to this country against our will.    If you are looking for answers and want to be part of the change you need to build your foundational knowledge and gain a deeper understanding of what racism looks like as a whole. Many people are very confused and believe that racism is simply intentional acts of meanness done to another person based on race, but in reality racism is much more complicated. Racism is made up of three components: implicit bias, overt interpersonal racism, and institutional/systemic racism. These three components work together to create “a system of advantage based on race” (Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria, p. 87).   In this episode we unpack each of the three components of racism and analyze how all three of them worked together to contribute to the two tragic deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and many other members of the Black community here in the United States.    What can you do about all of this? Vote for candidates who have committed to creating anti-racist policies.   Donate to organizations who have boots on the ground and are working for change.  Our family chose to donate to Color of Change, a racial justice organization that works to “create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America.”    Make a call: We learned last night that the responsibility for prosecuting the murderers of George Floyd has been transferred from DA Mike Freeman to Minnesota AG Keith Ellison.  Three of the four murderers have not yet been arrested and he needs to know that we as citizens expect more.      You can let him know by calling (651) 296-3353 or (800) 627-3529 (Minnesota Relay) or if you're old fashioned send him a letter:   Office of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison 445 Minnesota Street, Suite 1400 St. Paul, MN 55101   Be respectful but firm.  You will probably get a busy signal the first 5 or 6 times you call.  Keep calling.  Even just keeping his line busy sends him a message.  Leave a voicemail if you must.  Then call again.  Call several times a day until he does the right thing.  When the system fails to produce justice let's hold the system accountable.   If you are listening to this episode at a later date it is important to note that these issues always need our voices and attention. There are so many things you can do to be part of the solution. One of them is to join Color of Change and support their movement to hold local prosecutors accountable.     Links: White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo    Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Daniel Tatum   Understanding Implicit Bias    Chipping Away at Implicit Bias   Talking About Race, Being Anti-racist    How the Coronavirus Pandemic Unmasks Inequality in Our Society   University Of Minnesota Cuts Ties With Minneapolis Police After George Floyd Death   Minneapolis school board, teacher union call on district to cut ties with police   Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 
Recently the church that I belong to, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, published an announcement that they are going to regulate the artwork that is displayed in our meeting houses. This was an exciting announcement because all of the paintings that they chose depict our Savior, but it was also really disappointing because the artwork is not inclusive of the people in our church. In every painting Jesus is portrayed as a white man and there are very few People of Color.    Here is the article with the announcement, it includes the approved artwork.    In this episode Michelle Franzoni Thorley from @florafamiliar and I discuss the importance of making the art in our meeting houses more diverse and inclusive. Michelle shares amazing insight about the power of displaying art that represents the congregation that we hope to have, rather than just showing reflections of those in the congregation who align with the dominant culture.    We also give ideas about action that can be taken by church members who would like to see more inclusion in LDS art.    Michelle’s Instagram Platform: @florafamiliar   Michelle’s Article: Diversity in LDS Art   Conversations and Questions About Art at Church by Esther Candari   Latter Day Saint Women of Color Art Scholarship   Vision of the Arts Mother Artist Grant   Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 
White privilege is one of the strongest pillars that upholds racism. In her article “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” Peggy McIntosh describes white privilege as: “An invisible package of unearned assets that I can count on cashing in each day, but about which I was “meant” to remain oblivious. White privilege is like an invisible weightless knapsack of special provisions, maps, passports, codebooks, visas, clothes, tools, and blank checks.” If you are white there are privileges that you enjoy each and every day because of the color or your skin. These privileges do not mean that your life hasn’t been challenging or that you are not a hard worker, what it means is that the challenges you’ve faced have not been caused by the color of your skin.   Confronting privilege is an uncomfortable process, but when you choose to face that discomfort head on you will find liberation, not only for you but for the People of Color who have been disenfranchised by the system that has granted you privilege.    In this episode I get down to the brass tacks of white privilege and answer all of your burning questions: What is white privilege?  What are some examples of what white privilege looks like in everyday life? How can you use it to make change? What do you do if someone you know or love denies that they have privilege?  I encourage you to take a deep breath, listen with an open mind, and lean into the discomfort. Psychology Today: You are Not a Bad Person: Facing Privilege Can Be Liberating by Dr. Miki Kashtan   Peggy McIntosh: White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack Tiffany Jewell Author of “This Book is Antiracist” Instagram Account   This Book Is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell   Britt Hawthorne Anti-bias/Anti-racist Educator Instagram Account   Bettina Love “Hand on the Pole” Video   Harvard Business Review: Use Your Everyday Privilege to Help Others by Dolly Chugh   Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 
Immigration is one of those things that we really struggle to agree on as a country. No matter your feelings or political leanings everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, and that is what we need to teach our children. During this episode we talk to Abraham and Madison Carrasco, a multiethnic family who has gone through the immigration process. Abraham shares the intimate details of migrating from Mexico to the United States on foot. Both him and his wife Madison open up about the hardships that they faced over many years while Abraham tried to get documentation and become an American citizen. In addition, they share three strategies for talking to our children about immigration: read books about immigration, talk openly about culture, and humanize the issue.    Madison runs an instagram account called parenting.sinfronteras that promotes bilingualism, multicultural education, and anti-racism.    No Mas Muertes (No More Deaths): An organization that is working to “stop the deaths of migrants in the desert”    Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 
In this episode you will learn the first three things you can do to talk to your children about racism.  Teach them that race is a social construct that was created to justify slavery  Teach them about implicit bias (Implicit Association Test) Teach them how to respond with humility when someone tells them that they have done/said something racist   This episode was originally aired on 3 in 30 Podcast for Moms, I’m so grateful to Rachel Nielson for letting me share it with our First Name Basis family.    Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 
It seems like we need to shout it from the rooftops because most Americans are pretty convinced that Cinco de Mayo is Mexican Independence Day, and that is just not true. In this episode we dive into the true history of Cinco de Mayo, what it looks like to celebrate respectfully, and things you should avoid during the celebration.    Cinco de Mayo is the commemoration of Mexico’s victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla. It was an amazing feat for the 2,000 Mexican soldiers to stave off the large army of 6,000 French soldiers.    NPR: The Real History of Cinco de Mayo History: Cinco de Mayo   Cinco de Mayo is actually celebrated more in the United States than it is in Mexico! If you want to celebrate that’s alright, just be sure to do so respectfully! Growing up Bilingual has some amazing ideas about what a respectful celebration would look like including: authentic food, crafts, and music.    Growing Up Bilingual: Teaching Kids the Real Meaning of Cinco de Mayo in a Fun Way  Growing Up Bilingual: The Best Cinco de Mayo crafts to teach kids about Mexican Culture and Traditions   If you’re planning a celebration please avoid appropriating Mexican culture and perpetuating stereotypes by doing things like wearing a sombrero or fake mustache, using a fake accent, or making up fake Spanish words like ‘cinco de drinko’ or ‘el bruncho.’ It is not at all funny and it’s extremely derogatory.    There is a special treat at the end of the episode! My friend Catrina Gandara from the Create Joy podcast stopped by to tell us what the real Mexican Independence Day Celebration looks like on September 16th! Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 
This episode answers the number one question I’ve been asked since starting First Name Basis: How do I know whether to say ‘Black’ or ‘African-American’? I went straight to the source and asked a number of my friends and family how they prefer to identify and why. Listen to hear from: Mielle Harmon, Harmony Pls Podcast  Ken Clarke Ramiah Jackson, Hillsong Church   Antony Deshay  Nina Clarke-Telfer  Laura Schnell    A Complete History of the Census Race Boxes   The Changing Categories the U.S. Census has used to Measure Race   Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 
We had an amazing conversation on Instagram and I really didn’t want you to miss it! I shared a post about resisting the temptation to be seen as a savior and becoming a liberator instead. Then, one of the members of our First Name Basis fam asked what it looks like to be a liberator and we launched into an awesome conversation about 5 things that we can all do to be liberators.      1. Learn    About the issues facing marginalized communities  About the privileges you hold One of the best places to start is books:      2. Listen (no matter what it sounds like)   Diversify your social networks and your social media      3. Walk with us and amplify our voices    People with power, privilege and resources are used to their voices being the loudest in the room, to be a liberator you have to be willing to take a back seat and amplify the voices of those in marginalized communities  Speak up when someone makes derogatory comments or jokes, help them understand why what they have done/said is inappropriate (especially on social media)     4. Redistribute your resources    Support businesses owned by People of Color  Support nonprofit organizations that are run by People of Color and are doing the work to support under-resourced communities      5. Be civically engaged    Keep up with current events Vote for leaders who listen to and support marginalized communities  Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 
I’m sure you’ve seen the headlines, the Black community has been hit the hardest by the coronavirus. Infection rates in Black counties are 3 times that of infection rates in majority White counties. The CDC reports 33% of deaths coming from the Black community, even where they only make up 14% of the population. This has so many of us asking: Why? Government leaders and physicians have all taken a stab at explaining the reason, but none of them are painting a complete picture. In this episode I break down 5 of the main reasons (health care, housing, food security, jobs, and wealth) our Black brothers and sisters are suffering at rates higher than anyone else in the country so that you can understand what’s really going on here.    Below are all of the articles, lectures, and podcasts I referenced in the episode:   Stop Blaming Black People for Dying of Coronavirus by Ibram X. Kendi   Bill Cassidy on His States Racial Disparities in Coronavirus Deaths    Dr. Tom Shapiro Professor at Brandeis University-Our History Lives in Our Homes   An Infographic Explaining Food Deserts in America    Black and Hispanic Workers Less Able to Work From Home   Dr. William Darity Jr. Professor at Duke-Wealth and Structural Racism   Codeswitch Podcast: Why the Coronavirus is Hitting Black Communities the Hardest   Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood
What did you learn about Rosa Parks growing up? You may have learned, like I did, that she was a tired seamstress on her way home from work and when a bus driver asked her to give up her seat to a white person it was the last straw so she decided not to stand. Well she was a seamstress, but the true story is so much more exciting than that. Rosa Parks was a high ranking member of the NAACP and her actions were not only planned but part of a larger, multi-organizational strategy. In this episode we talk about all of the events leading up to Ms. Parks’ fateful decision, and one of the unsung heroes of the Civil Rights Movement: Claudette Colvin.  Montgomery Bus Boycott-Stanford    Claudette Colvin: The 15 Year Old Who Came Before Rosa Parks   Before Rosa Parks There Was Claudette Colvin (NPR)   An Interview with Attorney Fred Gray    Bus Boycott Took Planning, Smarts   Browder v Gayle Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 
Dr. Seuss books are some of the most popular books across the globe, but should it stay that way? In this episode we explore the fact that Dr. Seuss wrote more than just children’s books, he was the author of countless racist comics, ads, and political cartoons. So, as parents who value inclusion, what do we do? The Untold Story of Dr. Seuss details his writings outside of children’s books, the representation of People of Color in children’s books, and what we can do in our homes and classrooms to ensure that we are living up to our values.    Study: The Cat is Out of the Bag: Orientalism, Anti-Blackness, and White Supremacy in Dr. Seuss’s Children’s Books   The Racist Side of Dr. Seuss You Didn’t Know About   Cat in the Hat Blackface Comparison Photo   Look at The Conscious Kid Story Highlight “Dr. Seuss” for examples of his cartoons, ads, and propaganda     Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 
In this episode my dad and I dig deep about the importance of Black History Month. This is one of my favorite conversations I’ve ever had on the podcast because it is just that, a conversation. When I was growing up late night conversations with my dad were some of my most cherished moments. He has a way of building you up and inspiring you, while at the same time keeping it completely real, holding you accountable, and pushing you to do better.We talk about how our country was built on the backs of People of Color, how strong and resilient our communities of Color are even though we continue to face what seem like insurmountable odds, and how you can expose your children to that history, strength, reliance, and love. I am so excited for the First Name Basis fam to have the opportunity to get to know my dad, he is such a huge part of the reason I sit behind the microphone each and every week.  Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 
The books that we have in our bookshelves speak volumes about who and what we value. In this episode I share the 3 steps to making your child’s bookshelf more inclusive and diverse.    Step 1: Take inventory of your bookshelf  Do you have books that are both mirrors and windows? Check out what Rudine Sims Bishop, the mother of multicultural literature, has to say about windows and mirrors. Listen to this ted talk by Grace Lin about the lack of mirror books in her life growing up.   2018 Diversity in Children’s Books Stats 2019 Diversity in Publishing Stats    Do you have any books that perpetuate stereotypes? Toss them! Be sure that you are reading books by authors who are culture bearers.    Step 2: Try, try, try new books  You have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find a book that is just right for your family. You can find all of my recommendations for inclusive books at  I also love to follow accounts on social media who share inclusive titles, here are 3 of my favorites:  Hereweeread Parenting.Sinfronteras Inclusivestorytime   Step 3: Purchase the books you love for yourself and share them with others Buy them for your own bookshelf and consider sending them to school with your child to help create inclusive bookshelves within the classroom as well.    Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 
Lunar New Year is right around the corner, what are you doing to teach your children about the traditions and history of this holiday? Listen in to my conversation with children’s author Andrea Wang to learn how we can bring Chinese culture into our homes and get involved with the Chinese community in our area. Not only is Andrea a talented, hilarious writer, she also has two boys and an advanced degree in environmental science. It was such a joy to connect with someone I admire so much!    In this episode we cover: Her path to becoming an author and her inspiration behind writing The Nian Monster  Lunar New Year, her favorite Lunar New Year traditions, and how families who don’t usually celebrate Lunar New Year can get involved  Her experiences growing up in a predominantly White community  The importance of teaching our children about implicit bias and how to help your children dispel stereotypes they may have about the Chinese community The #ownvoices movement in which authors of color and other marginalized groups are advocating for themselves and fighting for the space to tell their own story The importance of having an inclusive bookshelf Using the OurStory App to find inclusive books The issues with the book Tikki Tikki Tembo and Grace Lin’s essay about the book  The projects that Andrea has coming up in the next few years   Check out Andrea’s Books! How to get in contact with and keep up with Andrea The Event Kit & Teacher Guide for The Nian Monster   Attend a Lunar New Year Event   Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood   
If creating a society that is just and inclusive is our goal, we need to do more than post a quote and a photo on social media on Martin Luther King Day. In this episode we give you three concrete things you can do on Martin Luther King Day with your family that will truly honor his legacy.  1-Give your children context about who we are celebrating and why  Videos:  The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. by Kid President   Books: My Brother Martin by Christine King Farris*   My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Martin Luther King III*   As Good As Anybody by Richard Michelson*   March: Graphic Novel Series by John Lewis*   First Name Basis Episodes to Help Guide Your Conversations: Talking to Young Kids About Race   Talking to Older Children About Race   Talking to Your Children About Slavery    2-Attend An Event AZ-East Valley Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade and Festival   AZ-Phoenix Martin Luther King March & Festival    UT-Service Opportunity Through the University of Utah (Register Here)   UT-Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum MLK Event   ID-Martin Luther King Living Legacy Celebration   3-Support Black-Owned Businesses Buy From BIPOC   Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood    *Amazon Affiliate Link
We have the opportunity to celebrate one of America’s greatest heroes this month, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. During the month of January host Jasmine Bradshaw will help you learn about and understand the untold story of Dr. King and give you the tools you need to confidently teach your children about his life and his legacy.  In this episode she covers: His background and upbringing  His time in college/graduate school How he came to be the spokesperson for the Montgomery Bus Boycott and then go on to be a prominent leader in the Civil Rights movement His influence on the election of President John F. Kennedy  How he was viewed as a threat to the nation and investigated by the FBI His philosophy of nonviolent resistance that carried him through and inspires us all  The Radical King, edited and introduced by Cornel West*   Podcast: Code Switch, Episode: The Original Blexit John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., and the Phone Call that Changed History   John F. Kennedy and the Civil Rights Movement   Martin Luther King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail    MLK’s Speech Attracted Intense FBI Attention   The Threatening Letter Written and Sent to Dr. King from the FBI    Events: AZ-East Valley Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade and Festival   AZ-Phoenix Martin Luther King March & Festival    UT-Service Opportunity Through the University of Utah (Register Here)   UT-Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum MLK Event   ID-Martin Luther King Living Legacy Celebration Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood    *Amazon Affiliate Link
In this episode we interview Ryan Kamper. Ryan is from the Diné (Navajo) Nation. He is of the Folded arms people born for the Anglo-Saxon people, his maternal grandfather is of the Blackstreaked woods people and his paternal grandfather is Anglo-Saxon. Ryan grew up on the reservation and moved to the city when he was 12 years old. He received an Associates of arts from Paradise Valley community college and working towards a bachelor in Technology management. Ryan is currently a Senior Business Systems Analyst working in Higher Education at Maricopa Community Colleges. His current career goals are to finish his bachelor's degree and work toward becoming a software developer his personal goals are to continue preserving family history, culture and traditions of his tribe. In this episode we discuss: Teaching your children about Thanksgiving Ryan’s personal experience with stereotypes and oppression  Cultural appropriation during Halloween and Thanksgiving  How to get involved with the Native American community Native American cultural values of family, respect for the environment, and the legacy we want to leave on this earth Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 
Comments (2)

Stephanie Olive

I had no idea until this podcast. I think it's unfair to assume others would know. I will be having that conversation with my friends who have children's books. If they decide to keep the books, then an opinion can be made to what they will stand for. Well done on this topic, I learned a lot

Jun 20th

Lisa Ryan

Thank you. Suler informative and clear explanations of racism and what is going on i our country.

Jun 2nd
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