Mathangi's Original Tweet
Mathangi Subramanian, a mom and writer, recently had a negative experience at the park with her 3-year-old daughter with a serious takeaway. In a now-viral Twitter thread, Mathangi illustrated exactly why white parents should talk to their kids about race early and often, and she's absolutely correct.
Her initial tweet read: "Still processing this, but two days ago, two blonde girls at the playground told my daughter she couldn't play with them because she doesn't have blonde hair," she wrote. "The girls' parents did not intervene. You better believe I did."
She went on to explain how despite being irritated, she calmly addressed the two girls and then took the time to speak with her own daughter on the way home about race. In her thread, she urges: "White parents: TALK TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT RACE. I know it's uncomfortable. But the rest of us do it all the time. We need you to do it too." Read through to see Mathangi's full thread, and be sure to take notes.