How to Talk to Kids About Race on the 50th Anniversary of "I Have a Dream"
Fifty years ago today, Martin Luther King Jr. gave his now-famous "I Have a Dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. In it, he touched on race relations in the country, saying that he hoped "One day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers."
The anniversary reminds us that the race conversation is still just as important today, especially when it comes to teaching our children about the topic. While it would be nice to think of racial equality as a nonissue in 2013, the fact is, disparities still exist, and educating children on the issues is something parents can, and should, take into their own hands. It may seem like a difficult topic to tackle with little kids, but keep in mind studies have shown that children as young as 3 are able to pick up on racial and ethnic differences through sight and language.
The way we approach race with our kids is likely to vary significantly between families, no doubt, but these six suggestions should help facilitate the conversation.