The Right Way to Teach Kids About Racism

Victoria Harris
6 min readJun 4, 2020

What should you do when these topics come up.

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I’ll make it very clear for you. DON’T teach your child racism. Do not feed them an experience they haven’t felt. Do not touch the segregation topic until “they ask”. DON’T even tread carefully with “one day long ago whites and blacks were separated and Jamal couldn’t drink out of this fountain but Kevin could and you are fortunate because nowadays”. Just stop right there. Save that deep conversation for later.

As a parent, you feel it is your obligation and duty to educate your child so much, that you lose yourself in the process. There is so much pressure to inform our kids about everything and raise controversial topics to stimulate their minds. But at what age are your doing this? At what cost?! It’s so important for some parents to raise such a “smart child” that you are literally feeding information to a kid at an inappropriate age. When you tread over the teachings of racism, you formulate “their” opinion that either they are better than or less than because of their color.

As adults, yes, us grown folks know that we need to understand the meaning behind ‘i see your color and I won’t deny it’. But that concept is too big for an undeveloped mind. And I’m not talking about the grown conversation we should be having amongst me and you. Let’s collectively take care of our…