Friends – can you pretend to hang out the washing, and then bring it back in quickly (it’s raining!) as Paul sings “I Am Hanging Out the Washing on the Washing Line.”
I have been quite careful to be non-political with my website and social media accounts related to my website. After all, I engage in social media on behalf of my podcast to attract people with little kids to my website in the hope they will love my podcast and buy a subscription.
But this week, I find myself outraged at the behavior of police and politicians, in particular the president. Kneeling on a man’s neck and killing him, or ordering clearing a path through peaceful protestors using violence in order to create a photo opportunity brings people, including me, to a boiling point. And that is why we have protests. We are outraged.
Talking about race and discrimination is difficult and something many of us shy away from. But I would like to share the heart-felt words of a friend with you. It is never too early or too late to talk about race.
“When my 7 year old child is told by your child “I don’t usually like black people but I like you.” 7 is not too early to talk to your child about race. When my 8 year old child is told by your child that “You don’t really belong here- your skin is too dark,” 8 is not too early to talk to your child about race. When my 10 year old child is regularly called the “N-word” by your child, 10 is not too early to talk to your child about race. When your 7, 8, 9, 10, & 11 year olds cannot keep their hands off my child’s hair at 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and on- even after being asked multiple times to stop- 7, 8, 9, 10, or 11 is not too early to talk to your child about race. When my 16 year old son is old enough to drive and be out with your children, it is not too late to talk to your child about race.
Some of us don’t have a choice about how early we have to talk to our children about race. If you do…do it early and do it often. Those of us that don’t thank you.”