Imagine that a child refuses to hold your little boy's hand because he is Black. Imagine shopping with your 12 and 15 year old sons and having them followed throughout the store and questioned as to why they are there. Imagine a neighbor refusing to play with your daughter because she has brown skin.
For respondents of a recent survey we fielded, there was no need to imagine. They had lived these moments. And in the face of these and many other moments of racism large and small, parents have voiced to us an ongoing concern. How do they protect their children? How do they prepare themselves and their children for life in a world that is far from color blind?
As you may already be aware, The Cradle has recently launched a multi-year, multimedia initiative entitled Our Children: An Education & Empowerment Series. The goal of this initiative is to address the complex issues facing families today. We began this series with a roundtable event, Raising Black Boys.
Raising Black Boys is an honest dialogue about some of the tough realities and complex issues that Black children may experience and how their parents can guide, support and prepare them for a society that is far from color blind.
- How to have a conversation about racism without hurting a child’s self-esteem.
- How to protect young Black boys from the hurt that stereotypes and exclusion can bring.
- How to address and confront the insidious forms of racism transracially formed adoptive families are now aware of since adopting their child.