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Raising Racially Inclusive Kids: A More Diverse Generation

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16/07/2020 at 11:17

Thank you for a really great article, which will hopefully start many more conversations. I feel that this is a conversation that must be on-going, and never end, no matter how old our children are, as there will always be new situations, new questions, new assumptions that our children are exposed to. We are a white family, with friends of different ethnicities, and my daughter is a minority in her class. But that is not enough, not by a long way. Because that does not help her understand the way of the world, the privileges that she has been born with, the responsibilities that she has, and the compassion I hope she will develop. We can’t just assume that they will learn what we want them to learn, think the way we want them to think, and behave the way we want them to behave. We can’t just role model, and hope that’s enough. We need to engage with our children on a daily basis, creating a safe space for them to explore and discuss these issues, and help them to develop a set of values that will support and guide them to be part of the change that we want to see in the world.

Karabo Ookeditse
16/07/2020 at 11:22

Thank you so much Kabo for such a reflected piece. I can totally relate. My daughter is 8 and we live in a predominantly white country but she & her brother go to an international school. This was also a conscious decision so they can grow up being inclusive of all races. I have to say her afro hair is her biggest insecurity. She wants it long and sleek like her mates. Teaching her she’s beautiful with afro hair & getting her to accept herself is an on going challenge. Thanx to the tips on those books, I’ll get them for her.

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