Neither my kids nor I have had to deal with any serious forms of racism. I have been asked why my kids are brown and I am white but I have never read much more into that than kids curiosity and have always answered honestly.
About a year ago, though, I was in a situation where a very blatant racist comment was made, fortunately my children were not around. Who made the comment isn’t really important because that person was, in essence, a stranger but the statement was directed to people involved in my children’s lives.
I can’t remember exactly her words but it was along the lines of how blessed they will be for loving the brown children.
Initially I didn’t really register but when I did I was beyond angry on many levels. There was the obvious race issue, then there was the whole religion issue. What really bothers me though is that these kinds of negative thoughts are directed towards children. Do my “brown” children deserve less love because they are brown? Does any child deserve less (or more) love because of the color of their skin? How do you rationalize that thought?
Even though it was one of the first times I have ever come face to face with racism, I do know that with the kind of family we have, people like this are right around any corner. My only hope is that when they do encounter these people they are confident and secure enough to know the problem lies with that person and not them.
Do you talk to your children about racism? Is it something you know they will one day face?