In case you were looking for a real dumpster fire of stupid to read today, check out CNN’s piece on what white parents need to do to raise their children in an inclusive society to be more racially sensitive. Because you know, white parents don’t have a clue when it comes to raising our kids or something …
If white parents want to raise children who play a role in creating a just and inclusive society, we've got to start talking about race. Here are some concrete steps parents can take: https://t.co/YdJxveNHmI
— CNN (@CNN) August 9, 2018
Parenting in the current political climate isn’t for the faint of heart. Recently, my 9-year old daughter asked me, “Mama, I know it’s really bad they’re putting people in jail, but do those people think, ‘Well, at least I’m safe from war?’
My 7-year old daughter quickly followed up with, “Why would someone say Donald Trump is keeping us safe?” Clearly, my two white kids, like all children in the United States, are absorbing the racialized rhetoric about immigration and “others” that’s everywhere right now.
Numerous studies have shown the early and negative impact society’s racism has on children’s development. By the ages of 3 and 4, American children internalize racist stereotypes of self and others. By age 5, they recognize that different groups are treated differently and understand something about the racial social status. Children will never just “unlearn” these things on their own.
That she wrote this without a shred of irony is … troubling.
The best way to talk to your kids about race is by pointing out people’s race and making everything about their skin color.
"those darn white people and their…"
*picks card, shuffles deck*
— Orwell & Goode ?? (@OrwellNGoode) August 9, 2018
— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) August 9, 2018
Perhaps the professor who wrote this piece should take a look around her own university first?
Funny, she teaches at a private college where less Than 5% of students are black….. pic.twitter.com/A00krTHQxi
— Angry Educator (@TeachConserv) August 9, 2018
Get outta town.
she's a professor at Drake Univ which has a 4% black student body. https://t.co/OL9xeEf8b7
— Greg Pollowitz (@GPollowitz) August 9, 2018
Happens every time.
I remember when MLK said we shouldn’t consider race, but character. Was he wrong?
— Polybius Champion (@hiker1967) August 9, 2018
Or you can just be a good Christian and teach your kids through your own words and example good people are good regardless of skin color & never discriminate. This requires noticing and fighting ANY kinds of biases that may have crept into your thinking. Simple. Saved you a click
— Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) August 9, 2018