A Message for the White People

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8 Responses

  1. Deborah says:

    This is brilliant. I applaud Anne and Jenna’s courage – and yes, it does take that to address people you know and like with something that is potentially so sensitive – and the way they have put forth the case of educating everyone, especially the young. I don’t remember talking like this to my kids, although we did discuss racism. This is hard-hitting and respectful – a fine line to walk. Man oh man that family has their work cut out for them…

  2. Deborah says:

    Oh and this is an excellent read, from what I’ve heard. It’s on my list.

  3. jenny_o says:

    “Particularly with our children, we need to convey our values not just through policy and not simply through parental example. We need to talk to them, explicitly and clearly.” Yes. Direct discussion can make the difference when peer pressure or shyness or lack of forethought might lead otherwise “good” kids to make wrong choices. Teach your kids how to stand up for what’s right, so they have the tools when the moment arises.

    I get Joanne’s point, too – that the message is unlikely to reach the hardcore racists who are perpetuating the problem by bringing their children up to think like them, and electing leaders who think like them. But we have to do what we can, where we can, in our homes and social circles, with our kids and grandkids and friends and co-workers.

  4. Meg says:

    This is some of the hardest work of parenting, I think. Not teaching our children our values of fairness, justice and compassion, but teaching them about Unfairness, Injustice and Hate, and then how to live in such a way that they help eliminate it. Living in the Cleveland area, we have had lots and lots of discussions about this topic and will continue to.

  5. Friko says:

    We have four mixed race children in our immediate family, two adopted and two grandchildren. If anyone attacked one of them I’d move heaven and earth that the attacker paid for their crime. Because a crime it is and I wish your friends and the grandmother of the boy whose picture was defaced every success in their efforts to make this world a better place.

    Tolerance is still not a given in our society.

  6. alexandra says:

    Necessary work, THANK YOU.

  7. Bijoux says:

    We had an awful incident here, where some teen boys tricked a classmate who has autism into doing the ALS ice bucket challenge, only they used urine and other nastiness. Honestly, WTF is wrong with people? I know it’s not PC to blame the parents, but seriously? They are learning these attitudes from someone.

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