On Teaching Our Children: White Privilege, Ageism, and Maintaining an Open Dialogue

I have not publicly posted very much about the situation in Ferguson, Missouri.
The truth is that I’m out of words. I’m out of words for black boys dying in our streets. I’m out of words for police brutality. I’m out of words for a broken system.
I leave you with this piece today, something I wrote on MLKJ Day. Think about it. Consider the privilege, and consider the ages at which children grapple with but aren’t conversed with about that privilege.

Part Time Monster

Courtesy of Turn Left 2013 Courtesy of Turn Left 2013

Today, I saw a Facebook conversation happening between some other white folks. It went like this:
Status Updater: I want to talk with my 10 year old about the complex ideas of racism, the U.S. during the Jim Crow Era and the Civil Rights Movement. What films/documentaries/etc. can you recommend?

Commenters: Give a few helpful suggestions.
Commenters: Let him be 10. Why force this on him so early? Why can’t we just let kids be kids?
Commenters: But racism isn’t just about black and white.

Y’all, I almost blew up. I’m not even sure that now, several hours later, I have the vocabulary for what I want to say about this.

1) Making statements like “let kids be kids” in reference to not teaching them about complex things misses the complexity inherent in childhood. Children aren’t simple, and they’re not non-discriminatory. They can be ruthless…

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