Domestic Diversions

Do our children hear our silence?

CNN reminds us that we teach our children by what we do and what we don’t do. And what do we say about race in America?

Jennifer Harvey writes (excerpt):
When we remain quiet, telling ourselves the unlikelihood of changing Uncle Joe’s mind means silent disapproval is better than engagement, we forget Uncle Joe isn’t our most important audience.
Our silence teaches our kids the best response to racism is to avert one’s eyes and avoid conflict at all costs. If we want to raise antiracist children, we must engage, even when we don’t know how it’s going to turn out. And talking about how it went down with our children can itself be a form of antiracist learning.

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