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Midlands educator encourages conversation with children in wake of violent protest

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After the deadly protest in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend, many Americans are wondering how to talk about what happened with their family, especially children. While it might seem difficult, educators and mental health experts say not addressing it could actually be worse.

Esther Clervaud is a Midlands educator and mother of two. She says as a mom it's important now more than ever to teach her children to embrace many cultures, especially with violence across the globe front and center.

"Social media is a huge thing where they're being fed all this negativity and at the wrong place at the wrong time they act on what's been feeding them all along," says Clervaud.

She's found one thing to be helpful when teaching the values of diversity--bringing her children to the library and reading diverse books.

Clervaud also wrote and published a book on increasing multicultural awareness--something she encourages for her middle school students.

"Anytime we talk about a particular culture, you hear comments like 'that's stupid' or 'that's strange' but you're like 'no it's not any of what you just said. It's different'," says Clervaud.

She hopes to see her children and students combat negativity by showing love above all.

"Even if a person doesn't look like them, doesn't sound like them, doesn't think like them, that they still love," says Clervaud.

Coming up next month the Richland Library is hosting a "Let's Talk Race" series. It's a program for adults to peacefully address the topic and learn ways to talk about it with others.


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