Discussing Race With Your Child

Talking about race makes many adults nervous, so it’s no shock that many people don’t know how to discuss race with their children. I wrote about my own biracial child bringing up the subject last year and how I dealt with it. I thought I did a pretty good job, but I’d be lying if I wasn’t a bit uncomfortable when it happened.

The subject of race can be even more sensitive when a child is biracial. The issue of self-identity comes up. It’s making headlines now as actress Halle Berry made public her child custody battle with model boyfriend Gabriel Aubrey, with the race of their daughter apparently one of the issues. Berry stated in Ebony magazine that she believes her daughter is Black, because she “believes in the one-drop rule”, a Jim Crow law that was used to institute racial segregation.

Clearly, Berry and the father of her child are not talking about race in a positive way.

There are positive ways to do it and luckily, a workshop teaching the skills right here in Baristaville.

The Schools Committee of the South Orange – Maplewood Community Coalition on Race, with the co-sponsorship of the school district Parenting Center, will offer you ways to discuss race with children, in a workshop tomorrow night:

Talking to Children About Race
Who:
Parents of elementary school kids.
What: The Schools Committee of the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race, with the co-sponsorship of the school district Parenting Center, will host community expert Professor Diane Hughes who will lead the discussion about talking to children about race. Parents will leave with the vocabulary, skills and resources they need to talk candidly with their children about race. 
Where: South Orange Middle School Library, 70 N. Ridgewood Road, South Orange, NJ.
When: Thursday, February 10 at 7 pm.
Cost: Free and open to the public—bring your friends and neighbors! Babysitting will be provided at no charge with advance reservations. For more information, call 973.761.6116 or email here.

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