Today’s Ledger-Enquirer includes a story I wrote about how to talk with kids about issues of race and ethnicity – and why it’s important to start at an early age, even if it feels like awkward territory. I was inspired to find some local experts on the subject after reading this “See Baby Discriminate” Newsweek article back in September. The article is an excerpt from the book “NurtureShock” by By Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman.
In today’s story, Victoria Plaut, professor of social and cultural psychology at the University of Georgia, and Clubview Elementary fifth-grade teacher Charlene Coleman, offer many insights about the nuances of talking with children about race and the importance of having honest dialogue with children about difference rather than just hoping they’ll grow up “color-blind.”
For further information on the subject try these Web sites:
UnderstandingRace.org (Follow the “For Kids” link for activities designed to help kids ages 10-13 think more deeply about race and racism)
Multiracialsky.com (offers some links to books on race for various ages)
Civilrights.org (offers examples of how to answer difficult questions form kids)