Tag Archives: talking about race

Chinese, American, Black, Jewish

My son was about 2 when the class studied Black History Month at his preschool, which is large majority white and Asian, with many Black teachers.  My son is biracial Jewish and Chinese American.  We’ve brought him to Chinese class, … Continue reading

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Name Calling

My child came home the evening before last from school to tell me she didn’t have a good day. A child bullied her, and it culminated that day in the child calling my daughter several names, including the N word. … Continue reading

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Which is Black, Which is White? Depends on the Color of Their…

Every day at 3 PM, I pick up my daughter from her Upper West Side [Manhattan] preschool and take her home on the subway. Most days, the same two police officers – one black and one white – are there … 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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Wash the Dirt Off Your Face Black Man

As a child, I grew up in Iran, where there is little cultural diversity. Pretty much everyone is some shade of olive, and there are little to no people from other races. My Father was business partners with an African-American … Continue reading

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Brown Luke and Yellow Jane: The Value of Race Labels

My son is 8. He and we are caucasian – Spanish and American. His friends are from many different cultures and races, and when referring to someone requires calling attention to something that he things will help me remember someone, … Continue reading

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The Funky Gringo

Story #1 – When my older son was about 4 we were riding the subway and he said, “When I grow up, I’m going to be a Mommy.” I said, “Well, you can’t be a Mommy, cause you are a … Continue reading

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New Site Helps Parents and Kids Talk About Race

Mikhail Lyubansky, author of the Psychology Today Blog, Between the Lines interviews KoC founder, Charlton McIlwain. Read the Interview here

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Learning Racial Inferiority

This happened when my stepson was around 5yrs old (he’s now 18). My stepson’s mother is white and Brazilian, his father is African-American. One day in the car, my stepson randomly asked why all black people are poor. His father … 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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