There is a famous quote that says:
“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, his origin or even his religion. To hate, people must learn, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love.Nelson Mandela
One day, a little girl asked me if my daughter would come to play today. When I told my daughter, she asked who she was. I didn’t know her name because she had recently moved to our township. My daughter then inquired about her complexion. For a while, I was a little taken aback by her question. However, I only realised after a minute that there was nothing wrong with noticing complexion. She jumped after hearing my response and exclaimed, “Oh!! She was Miss D, she is my new friend, and I have to meet her today because she is leaving for India for two months.
Later I realized it was not her; it was just me and my thoughts, preoccupied with centuries-old ideas that linked skin colour with racism passed down through the generations.
Children are innocent, and their minds are untainted.
Children are unaware of racism and how some people have been judged based on their skin colour and other physical characteristics. Children are innocent, and their minds are untainted. Is it essential to tell our children all of this? Is it necessary to educate them on racism? I believe that before they learn from other sources, I am not sure how this thought will strike their minds. It is preferable to prepare the children by providing them with information in a comfortable setting. They should not be surprised if they learn about it through open sources of information.
It is up to parents to talk to their children about racism and the various forms of racial discrimination that are still prevalent. New generations can help end this discriminatory practice if they learn about the country’s injustices and social inequality from a young age so they don’t repeat the patterns of racial prejudice that have been so deeply ingrained in us.
“When adults are silent, they reinforce racial prejudice in children.”
Educating the public about how to combat racism is also a necessity. When a friend is tearing each other apart, they should intervene. They must understand that treating everyone equally is the right attitude.
Every mother, father, or guardian knows their child. She knows the best way to approach the subject with them, always seeking to offer positive references that help them understand the complexity of racism. After all, which world do you offer as a reference for your child? Below, we highlight attitudes parents can adopt to promote an anti-racist education for their children.
Talking about racism with children: Where to start
1. Be an example to your children
Parents should treat their children fairly. Everyone must be treated with the same respect. The first lesson that children bring as part of themselves is that example. Prejudiced nicknames, unequal treatment, and lack of respect should be avoided.
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2. Introduce and celebrate other cultures
It’s a great way to introduce children to other cultures through books, toys, movies, cartoons, and music. However, simply allowing the child to watch a movie or listen to music on their own isn’t sufficient. Parents need to have fun together. To put it another way, help children learn about other cultures by accompanying them on their journey.
3. Do not change the subject
When their children ask about racism, many parents avoid the subject. Sometimes they don’t know what to say due to embarrassment or a lack of knowledge. Do not do this to your child. If necessary, tell him you’ll think of a thorough response for him and explain it later. Also, please explain! Use this time to consider the best way to describe the problem. Research if the problem is a lack of knowledge on the subject. Invite your older child to join you in your research. As a result, you will be able to learn together.
4. Discuss the advantage
Discuss the advantages of being unique and the similarities among all groups. Please tell them that being different is not weird or wrong.
5. Discuss how they can effect change.
Discuss how they can effect change. Topics may include being kind to people of all backgrounds, as well as listening to and understanding the experiences or feelings of others who are different.
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6. Essential step in discussing racism is to discuss race itself.
I realised that an essential step in discussing racism is to discuss race itself. Make it clear to children that there is nothing wrong with noticing physical characteristics, complexion, or any other differences. They must, however, exercise caution in making negative judgments based on those differences.
Spend time talking and doing activities together as a family to understand better and appreciate one another’s differences. Compassion is something you can cultivate in yourself and your child.
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