Does privilege insulate our children from racism?

This morning I read an article written by a successful black man. In it he shared that he and his wife were educated, hard working people who had achieved “the American dream”. Their children went to private school and during the summer they attended enrichment classes given on some of country’s premier college campuses. This summer the man’s son was minding his own business when a car pulled up full of white guys who casually called their precious son the n-word. The son was so stunned he asked the guy to repeat it and the guy complied. When the son returned to his dorm he called his father and told him what he had just experienced. The father was also shocked but the question is why? Did he truly believe that living the good life provided armor from ignorance? You can raise your children to be color blind but never forget not everyone parents like you do. Share your thoughts.

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  • Bill  On November 16, 2014 at 1:44 am

    Is there any reason for anyone to believe that black people in America should be any more impervious to bigotry and racism than Jews, Arabs, Hispanics or members of any other ethnic group? Venomous behavior toward minorities and ethnics groups has existed since the beginning of time and I suspect will continue until the end.

    The real issue here is to not be affected by anyone else’s assessment of our personal value or worth but how much we value ourselves. As Eleanor Roosevelt so eloquently stated “no one can make you feel inferior without your consent. And as I taught my sons when they were growing up, the best antidote to racism is success.

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