What White Parents Can Tell Their Children About The Trayvon Martin Case

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On Monday, I told you about how our kids responded to Trayvon Martin's death, choosing to take a picture in their hoodies.  Today, I'll share seven points we made with our kids as we talked about the case.  As a head's up, this is a long piece.  But as I tell my kids when we are talking about something important, "Sorry, guys, but Mommy's got a lot to say on this topic." 1.  We all have negative prejudices based on things that aren't true. We may think that girls cannot be good at math. … [Read more...]

Why White Parents Don’t Talk About Race

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When Zach started pre-school and I asked him who he liked to play with, he pointed at two boys and shouted, "I like to play with the black boys the best! But the black boys get in a lot of trouble." I rushed him away from the playground and hoped no one had heard him talking about two of the African American boys in his class. The next day, when Zach pointed at one of the same boys and told me that he had a great time playing with the "blue boy," I realized that he was referring to the color … [Read more...]


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