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Today, trying to keep it as simple as possible, I told my 8-year-old son that racism was: "When people won't play nice with others because the other people look different." He stared at me for a moment and said, "But that's soooo dumb! My two best friends look totally different!” MMT

#11210 (2) - Oct 21, 2010 by LC - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (1354) - No, that made me sleepy. (132)



Make sure you teach him about privilege as well. Clueless, ignorant people aren't much better.

Careful - some racists can still think their friends are an exception to their stereotyping (which is why some of them go "I'm not a racist, I have black friends!"). I heard of a way to talk about it that seems good - teach that race / skin color only indicates where a person's ancestors came from, and that racism is thinking that it means anything more than that about that person.

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