Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

Talking to Children About Race

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The final chapter of White Privilege ended with a list of basic tactics to serve as an ally to minorities. The final point was about talking about race and racism with younger children. We touched on this in class. I know that in my family we often did not talk about racial issues. The subject was not taboo, but was not a topic which was purposely addressed. I feel this is where many of societies problems. Families in today’s busy world don’t seem to have the time or the will to talk about these issues with their children. They are running from work to school to a soccer practice, dance, music lessons, etc. These issues are not discussed. So children grow up not talking about sex, racism, and alcohol. It is no wonder these are some of the bigger problems seen in our youth. So racism and race should be a topic at the dinner table. Only by talking about race, especially with our children, if we want to fix the problem.


Written by briangaw

December 4, 2009 at 6:26 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. I totally agree. I believe this is why it is sometimes hard for us to respond and dicuss racism even in class. We are not use to it because most of us were not raised discussing it at home. If we start discussing it with our children I believe it will be easier for them in the future.


    December 4, 2009 at 5:15 pm

  2. This is very much true. Children must become socialized to to the point where they do not fear or remain uncomfortable talking about racial issues, sex or alcohol. It is the major responsibility of the parents/families to provide this opportunity for the children, or the cycle will continue.

    Antoinette Lester

    December 5, 2009 at 6:02 pm

  3. I think parents and adults fear addressing racial issues because they do not know how their child will interpret things and later talk about those things to other children. Parents do not want to be known for being the ones to address such issues, especially if they do not know how to talk about it with their children. Racial issues do not need to be ignored but stated in a sense that children are able to comprehend.


    December 5, 2009 at 8:02 pm

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