April 2, 2021
"She highlighted books such as Woke Baby and Antiracist Baby - whose cover features a black child protesting with its father, fist raised."
'Who's the wokest baby?': Washington Post is slammed for 'social justice guide for toddlers' that pushes BLM and #MeToo onto children and recommends drag queen bedtime readings
Three-month-old babies should be taught about implicit bias and racial stereotypes, according to a series of experts quoted in The Washington Post.
In a much-mocked article last week, entitled 'Social justice for toddlers', parents were given a list of books, websites, YouTube channels and companies offering 'woke' material for babies and young children.
'Children develop implicit bias as early as three months old, and at four years old are categorizing and developing stereotypes,' one expert told author Natalie Jesionka, a Dalla Lana Global Journalism Fellow at the University of Toronto.
Another recommended that 'ensuring children have authentic connections to people from different backgrounds is likely to reduce bias'.
Jesionka wrote: 'In the era of Black Lives Matter and #MeToo, many parents are wondering when the right time is to talk to their children about social justice.
'Experts say it's never too early, and a new wave of tools and resources can help start the conversation.'
She highlighted books such as Woke Baby and Antiracist Baby - whose cover features a black child protesting with its father, fist raised.
Jesionka spoke to Nicole Stamp, a Toronto-based children's TV writer who co-founded ByUs Box - a company which sold a limited run of boxes of toys, books and learning materials 'to dismantle bias'.
ByUs Box's offerings included a 'Gender-Expansive Box', a 'LGBT2SQ+ Box' and an 'Indigenous Box', all containing activities, magazines, toys and games, priced at $89 CA ($70).
She also highlighted the work of Canadian drag performance duo Fay and Fluffy, who read books and sing songs for their young audiences.
Through music, rhythm and movement, infants and toddlers learn about self-expression, teamwork, sharing, and empathy. All in a magical environment full of surprises and set to your favorite tunes from your favorite artists,' he writes on his website.
Now held online, Francisco's classes mix popular music with educational themes, holding up a colored ball and asking the toddlers: 'Is pink a boy or a girl?'
He told them: 'Remember, kids, a color is not a boy or a girl, a color is just a color.'