This is a question directed towards anyone who is a parent or educator. Regardless of your race, I would like for you to take a moment to consider what you would do in the following two situations. After it just tells me what you would say or do as a parent. I ask you not to give a response that you feel are socially acceptable, but for those who have experienced this as a parent or even a child, be honest in your response is all I ask. I’m not judging you.
- Scenario 1: What do you do when your child tells you that someone at their school, whether it is a student, teacher or administrator called them or one of their friends a racially insensitive name?
- Scenario 2: Your child called someone, whether it is another student, teacher or administrator a racially insensitive name. They have found themselves in a world of trouble and criticism. They say that you do the same thing, so why am I in trouble. How do you respond to your child’s actions? How do you do now to correct the situation?
I know not everyone may not be able to personally recall an experience like the ones in the scenarios above, but I still want to hear from you as well. So don’t be afraid to speak freely, just be respectful in commenting.References & Inspirations Deborah A. Byrnes “Teacher They Called Me A…!: Confronting Prejudice and Discrimination in the Classroom” Rupert Brown “Prejudice: It’s Social Psychology”