Thanks for reading!
I really enjoyed your comments. I think it’s so true that not enough time is dedicated to teaching our children about race. Studies have shown that children as young as three already understand that it is better to be white. White supremacy is insidious, but it is still learned behavior. If it can be learned, it can be unlearned. There are some great resources for talking to kids about complex issues, Anti-racist Baby is a really popular one, as is let’s talk about race, wish I know you’ve already read with your kids.
Beyond books, making sure your children’s doll and toy collection is multicultural also helps. Teaching them about Black musicians, Black mathematicians, like scientists, etc basically all of the black people who are excluded from mainstream education is also a good way to make sure their children are aware of accomplishments made by black Americans. I think this is particularly important because a lot of young white men in particular seem to think that only people who look like them built this country and made it great!
I could go on and on, but I won’t. Thanks again for reading and for speaking up on the importance of teaching children about racism and white supremacy and how it shows up in their day-to-day lives.