Kids Learn About Race Younger Than You Think. Talk To Them Before That.

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Discussion posted by: David McNamara

Having to explain racism and intolerance to a child isn’t a task anyone enjoys. It’s heartbreaking to shatter a little kid’s view of the world as a good and a safe place. That kind of thinking might stop some parents from raising the topic. They might think children are colourblind innocents who won’t spot racial differences until the concept is explained to them. But that’s not true at all, said Carl James, an education professor at York University who specializes in Black youth. In fact, children learn about race much earlier than we might think, which is why it’s important to start teaching them at a young age.