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“Not all pencils are Yellow”

  I did an activity with my 4th and 5th grade students about race and racism in today’s media. We covered all the basic vocabulary and started talking about some real issues. At the end of class, I explained their … Continue reading

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The Integrated Birthday Party

I grew up mostly inMinnesota, in very White towns and neighborhoods, but I spent one year in the South. When I was in Kindergarten (1966) in Corpus Cristi, Texas, I invited 12 classmates to my 6th birthday party. Both genders, … Continue reading

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Race Discrimination: “Is It My Fault?”

My son attends a very nice daycare to pre-k school in Brooklyn. He is white (of Italian/WASP/Armenian descent) and most of his schoolmates are black, as are all the teachers. One day as we were walking home from school, my … Continue reading

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Challenging Childhood Racial Exclusion

I grew up in central Florida in the 1970’s. I am Jewish and was very aware of anti-semitism, but not aware in the 6th grade of how racism affected kids my age. That changed when I was invited to participate … Continue reading

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Who Will Talk to Your Kids About Race?

BY: Charlton McIlwain I recently introduced KidsOnColor to a friend that I’ve known since childhood. He’s white. His wife is Black. Together they raised four biracial children in a city that is mostly Hispanic/Latino. And – they all grew up … Continue reading

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How Do You Tell A Dark Person from a Light Person?

I came to this…after searching for info on how to talk to kids about race after an incident with my 3.5-year-old son Harry this evening. He was having the usual tooth brushing fight with his Dad (Dad makes him brush … Continue reading

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Old Sinterklaas & Zwarte Piet

My mom is a first generation immigrant from Belgium who moved to the states to marry my father. Like many immigrants, she was concerned that my sister and I might grow up without any connection to the culture she grew … Continue reading

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