An interesting op-ed ponders when it’s the proper time – and what is the proper way – to discuss race and skin color with young children.
Stacy-Ann Gooden discusses her 2 year-old biracial daughter, who even at such a young age considers herself to be white.
Princess and I were playing with one of her favorite dolls, Tiana (from Princess and the Frog).
“Isn’t she pretty?” I asked.
“Yes. She’s brown like you,” she replied.
“If she’s brown like me, then what are you?” I asked.
She then responded that she’s white like her best friend Katie. Her BFF is absolutely adorable. They’re like two peas in a pod. But, I was shocked to hear her say that. I knew we’d have this conversation at some point. However, I didn’t expect to have it this soon. It’s one thing to identify someone else’s race. But, how she views herself is a whole other story. She’s only two for goodness sake!
When is it the right time to have a serious conversation about race with your children?
How would you deal with Stacey Ann-Gooden situation?
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