I grew up in the North and went to public school. Any history relating to the South seemed so far away and so long ago. My parents never taught me much about people being "different", which ended up being a good thing. I never learned to "hate" people for being "different".
I now live in the South and have for many years. Things are VERY different here from where I grew up.
Long story short, I believe that hate towards other people is mostly learned.
My DD is 4. She has no clue that people are "different". She doesn't hear words like blonde/brunette, thin/fat, tall/short in terms of people. She has no clue and wouldn't notice if peole are white, black, pink or purple. She sees colors as just that...colors.
DH & I were discussing upcoming Holidays and what we want to teach her. We agree that she's too young to hear about things like slavery / segregation etc and we're not sure that we want indtroduce the idea of different colors of skin, etc.
Obviously, at some point we will have to discuss it but I was thinking that for now, we might tell her about MLK and how he had a dream that people would be nice to each other and treat each other with respect and fairness. Maybe using examples of how she can be nice to her little brother, etc.
I thought it would also be nice to share a few facts about MLK's life, general facts.
So...my questions are:
What have you told your young kids about MLK? Do you know of any good books that touch on who he was that might fit our needs?