I had no idea how to go about talking to my children about race. I had initially planned on NOT saying anything because really - what race people are don't really matter to us. What I'm saying is we're not racist. So my initial plan was to just say nothing. Well, my daughter called a little girl a name - that involved her race. I told her that we don't call names - we don't call ANYBODY names. We definitely don't treat people different, just because they look different. And she doesn't. She really doesn't. She wants to be friends with everyone, she loves everyone. My concern is that she DOES distinguish between people's races. She calls black people 'brown', she calls white people 'peach'. Not all the time - she doesn't just go around calling people names. But if she's telling me about them, she describes them as 'peach', 'brown', ect. I don't want to make a big deal about it because I want her to be comfortable enough to be
Asked by Anonymous at 3:19 AM on Jun. 25, 2009 in Politics & Current Events
You are being a little crazy. We went to the mall one morning before stores were open, and my dd (3 or 4?) wanted to know why the brown girl got to go in the store (she worked there). But she also was very proud one day at daycare to tell me her and her friend (an AA child) had "the SAME hair, wasn't that neat!!" They both had brown hair, and that's where the similarities stopped. But all she saw was color. Sometimes that's not all bad. Throughout her childhood (she is 9 now) she has had many AA friends and AA teachers, she treats them all the same, not because we have made a big deal over RACE, but have made a big deal over RESPECT of anyone they come into contact with. Children are going to notice differences, how you react (overboard maybe) will define how they react to different things.
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