Emma Redden

Talking with young children about race is an act of kindness and an act of liberation.

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Children are never not in the world. Race is one of the most powerful forces in our lives that influence safety, health, wealth and access to resources. The United States of America has been created around the fabricated idea that all humans can be sorted into a few hierarchical categories based on how we look— with whiteness being deemed most valuable and Blackness most maligned. There is nothing obvious nor natural about the social system we all live in. Therefore, to leave young children alone to try to make sense of something that was invented for the sole purpose of enabling white people to hoard land, power and money, doesn’t make sense to me. I am invested in trying to walk in the world next to young people, trying to figure out together what it means to build lives rooted in non-violence inside of a country conceived by abuse, theft, conquest and violation.


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Adult Community


I work with teachers, school administrators, parents and loved ones of young people to explore what white supremacy culture expects of us for it to function, and how to use that understanding to chose something more rooted in love, justice and human needs.

My work focuses on facilitating adults’ exploration about how to talk with young children about race, racial violence and white supremacy culture.

I offer one session trainings, as well as multi-session classes.

Use a fee assessment to determine, based on the participant’s access to resources, my hourly rate.

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Who Am I?


I am a cisgender woman with Jewish and Irish ancestry, racially categorized white in the United States. I grew up in racial segregation in rural Vermont.

I am a preschool teacher in one of the few neighborhoods in Vermont where high poverty rates are coupled with high population density. I understand my job to be part of a larger feminist, anti-racist, anti-classist, anti-colonial, anti-capitalist movement.

I have an undergraduate degree in International Studies with an focus in race and gender. I have a Masters degree in Education, with a concentration on Racial Justice Early Education. I am the author of the illustrated book for adults named Power Means Who the Police Believe: Talking With Three Year Olds About Race and Racial Violence. I teach community workshops, work directly with early education programs, as well as teach a graduate level continuing education course at Goddard College.




My Work

Power Means Who the Police Believe: Talking with Young Children about Race and Racial Violence is an illustrated book for adults generally, and parents and teachers specifically. It wanders between prose, infographics and graphic novel, asking the reader to both consider why we must love children enough to walk alongside them to understand the mechanisms, expectations and consequences of the creation of race in America; as well as to consider what the language could feel and sound like to describe red lining, police murder, melanin, whiteness, entitlement, equity, and so on, with young children. 

I talk about my work, and about the book, on the Healing Cultures Podcast with Eric Garza. You can listen to our conversation here.

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