There’s a reason that people in the U.S. and across the world loathe talking about race. In a New York minute, conversations about race devolve from stimulating and provocative to confrontational, offensive, and even aggressive. Why?
We often enter such conversations with an imposing agenda or chip we dare others to knock off. We start such discussions intending to debate and persuade, rather than listen and dialogue. When we talk about race we can’t help unloading our ideological baggage, our prejudices, preferences and politics.
But it wasn’t always that way.
Most of us first recognized difference when we were kids. We expressed what we saw and heard – unvarnished and unfiltered – not realizing or caring that the differences we recognized in ourselves or others actually meant something.
Until we did.
Those are the stories we feature, and want you to share with us here at KidsOnColor.com. Each day we feature several of the many stories that people from all over the world have shared with us. Some are humorous, others tragic, curious, crazy or alarming. Some people tell stories about their own children, others a story that happened to them as a child. Some happened last week, others twenty years ago; and some tell their story in twenty-five words, while others take two hundred-fifty (or more).
So, we invite you to return often to KidsOnColor.com to see what stories others are sharing. We invite you to respond to those stories. And, by all means, we invite you to share your own story with us here and join our community on Facebook, Twitter & Youtube. We look forward to hearing your story.
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