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Response to ExTex (Reply #14)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 03:40 PM

33. Try that in today's world, where classrooms

are integrated. And we wonder why racial biases persist. Maybe it's in what we pass on to our children as acceptable "values."

This discontinuation of the books is only partly about the effect of showing white children an example of how to view people who are not white. So you did not become a slobbering white supremacist. It does seem to have had a negative effect on you that you seem to be unaware of.

The things children see and experience when very young create their perceptions of the world and people around them. They form the basis of the unconscious bias that leads people to think less of some groups as an automatic reflex. Do we really want to pass on that kind of perception to children so they can inherit passive racism in the form of unconscious bias?

The other part of this issue is the Black and Asian children in a classroom absorbing this perception about themselves and their families. Doubly embarrassing and humiliating to them in a group of white kids who giggle and laugh at the caricatures.

If we want to end racism and bigotry in society, one place to begin is early childhood. We do it by not passing on a culture of passive racism to 3 and 4 year olds. Passive racism can be devastating. It is like gaslighting. "What do you mean it's racist? Just a harmless kid's story. Don't be so sensitive."

And I can't believe that I even have to make this point on DU, of all places.

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