I wish the entire world looked like this. 🌈
I was that mom that said “my kids don’t see color”, because they didn’t. And honestly, neither did I growing up. I’m Latina, so I have a lot of brown and black family members, and the color of their skin although different than mine, never made me see them differently.
Because we have black and brown family & friends, and the fact that my kids never asked questions or said anything about them looking different than us, we just kept it like that. We never wanted to point out differences if the kids didn’t see them.
This past week though, I learned that they SHOULD see color and so I had a conversation with them, and in kid-friendly terms I explained what racism was. Emma was confused and very upset, and while it made me sad to see her sad, it was very important for me to teach her to stand up to racism if she ever sees it happening. Owen didn’t understand much, but he was still a part of the conversation, and trust me – this won’t be just a one time conversation!
I never thought I’d be having these kinds of conversations with my 3 and 4 year old kids, but I have learned so much by listening and reading.
There’s still so much more to learn and I’m asking you to please educate yourself!!! I’ve seen the “it’s not enough to not be racist, you have to be anti-racist” quote going around and it’s so true!!! Stand up for others!!! Teach your children to be kind and accepting! Teach them to be good humans. Teach them to stand up for what is right and shut down what is wrong.
IT STARTS AT HOME!
We need change and we need it now! I’m starting by using my platform to urge you to please do something! Whether it’s donating, making a post, or calling out your racist uncle at the dinner table, DO SOMETHING!!! This will go down in history. Your kids will see what happened, one day! And when they ask you what you did about it, what are you going to tell them? Are you going to tell them that you stayed quiet because it was too uncomfortable to talk about? Or are you going to tell them that you spoke up?
To my black family, friends and followers, I see you, I hear you, I love you, I’m with you! 🖤