So over the past year my daughter has shown an amazing interest in people who act differently than us (what she's use to) because of their religion or cultural differences... she's also noticing that some people have different colored skin then others.... So I've been bringing her to multicultural awareness and support events and fun things that promote learning rather then biases and hatred. So a few weeks ago we went to this event called festival of nations, she was really interested in a few displays because they WERE really cool and unique and set up bigger then the rest, so she learned about some Hmong traditions and clothing and housing and was wiped away, she wanted a house like that and clothes like that and this or that... it was really amazing how unbiased her mind is I LOVED IT... then another she liked was the Nigerian stand and she decided that the man there was too cool, he was now her grandpa, haha he said something like well I don't think I could be your grandpa, you're a little too light skinned to be his... and she told him off... I LOVE HER SO MUCH she's so smart... she said that when she gets older she'll have brown skin because it's so beautiful, she wanted to be like him because he was smart and had a cool story to tell, and she told him that her friends are all different colors why can't her family be, and SHE'S EXACTLY right!!  I'm just so impressed with my little 3 and half year old, some days she just blows me away!

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truth...
Jun. 1, 2008 at 12:29 AM Kids are a lot smarter than we give them credit for, and this is proof that racism is taught, not innate, because she is so welcome to it all. You're raising your daughter to be so open minded is an awesome thing. What a wonderful thing to teach her.

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queen...
Jun. 1, 2008 at 12:30 AM You are wonderful. I couldnt agree more with teaching our children about other races religions etc. My family is so diverse.  We are Puerto Rican Americans, raised by a jewish setp-father, married to italians, greeks, my husband is italian sweedish and finish my daughters husband is a german american mix. I have a special needs son. My kids are being raised to appreicate all that this world has to offer and the wonderful differences in people. To open their worlds to new cultures, languages, histories, foods countries and the acceptance of all people is what evebtually bring peace and love to this crazy world.  You go Girl

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Jun. 1, 2008 at 6:05 PM

Awesome post! Good for you - and great for your daughter. It takes individuals and small moments to grow and build into a world that we can all embrace and all be embraced. I love the story you've shared here and applaud you for having these conversations with her now and always, setting a new standard for love and appreciation for others.

 

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