A 2007 study in the Journal of Marriage and Family found that non-white parents are about three times more likely to talk about race than white parents. In trying to inoculate their children from racism, many parents adopt a strategy of “colorblindness.” However, with controversial policies like “stop and frisk,” and the murders of Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Renisha McBride, and many others, “race in America” is a topic that families need to be talking about- but how?
We all want our children to be unintimidated by differences and have the social skills necessary for a diverse world. We also don’t want our children to grow cripplingly fearful of how others may treat them because of their race. The question is, do we make it worse, or do we make it better, by calling attention to race at an early age?
Have you, as a parent — of any race — directly addressed the question of skin color and bias with your children, and how?