For Fair and Balanced Kids
It appears that talking to school age children about the historical aspects of racial discrimination is better than sweeping it under the rug.
In the June/July issue of Working Mother magazine, Irene Chang reports on a recent study from University of Texas that says teaching children about historical discrimination helps children value fairness and it’s not just important for the chidren to study it in school but for parents to also discuss it.
Kids are exposed to racial bias at school, via the media and even from the jokes they hear adults tell. But learning about historical discrimination is clearer for kids to understand, says Dr. Hughes, because “modern-day versions are more subtle.” Talk about race history with your child to help him understand that racism is relevant today and that “racial distinctions are not biological; they are socially determined and culturally influenced,” adds Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD, president of Spelman College in Atlanta and author of Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?
Race is a landmine that many Americans try to avoid and with Barack Obama being the Democratic nominee its being talked about (and over) everywhere. It’s best to discuss it with your children. For a topic Obama wanted to downplay race is getting a lot of coverage this year.