Free book: How to be an anti-racist parent

Filed under: Development/Milestones: Babies, In The News, That's Entertainment

A couple of years ago, Jared was playing with his Fisher-Price Little People (the old ones) and became upset when he couldn't find one of them. I asked him what he was looking for and he said "the black man! I can't find the black man!" Naturally, I was horrified that he would identify the missing figure by its skin color, until he found it and showed it to me. The body was black, not the skin on the head.

Now, Jared and Sara both have friends of all races, colors, creeds, and so on and don't seem to notice. Still, they are bound to encounter people who do take note of other people's backgrounds or genetic history, and I want them to be able to deal with it. That's why I'm glad to hear of a new, free e-book from the folks at The Anti-Racist Parent. It offers eleven pages of tips and info on being an anti-racist parent and raising kids for whom racism is unthinkable.

Even if you truly believe you don't have a racist bone in your body, there will still be something in this for you. "You can't protect your children from racism," notes one contributor. "You need to be able to show them how ugly racism is, or they won't be able to recognize it for themselves." I've grabbed a copy for myself and recommend you do the same -- after all, you can't beat the price.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.