How do parents of ethnic minority children teach them about racism and -- most importantly -- how to deal with it?
November 17, 2006 10:14 AM Subscribe
How do the parents of Black (and biracial and other ethnic minority) children teach them about racism and -- most importantly -- how to handle it?
posted by jason's_planet to Human Relations (16 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Lately, I've been thinking about having kids, and how I would raise them if I had them. Good parenting should prepare your children for a world that won’t love them unconditionally, the way that you do. A world that, at times, can be quite harsh and cruel. Parents of children who are Black (or biracial or from other ethnic minority backgrounds) know that one of the cruelties their children can encounter, over and above the typical slings and arrows of childhood and adolescence, is racial prejudice.
So how do their parents prepare them for this unpleasant aspect of our culture? What coping techniques do they teach them? What sorts of attitudes do their parents try to instill in them? I ask because I am white and this is a territory I don’t know well at all. As always, it would be great to hear from people who have first-hand knowledge of this topic.
Many thanks in advance.