Pride in Not Seeing Race = White Privilege
A Facebook post by mom Lydia Rosebush from Louisville, Kentucky went viral. In it, she brags about how her 5 year-old White son befriended a Black boy and does not see race. Here’s what she and those posting it as a sign of hope are missing: This is the epitome of White privilege and color-blind racism.
“….He said that he wanted his head shaved really short so he could look like his friend Reddy. He said he couldn’t wait to go to school on Monday with his hair like Reddy’s so that his teacher wouldn’t be able to tell them apart. He thought it would be so hilarious to confuse his teacher with the same haircut.
"Here’s a picture of Jax and Reddy from their Christmas program. I’m sure you all see the resemblance.
"If this isn’t proof that hate and prejudice is something that is taught I don’t know what is. The only difference Jax sees in the two of them is their hair.”
But an abundance of research shows that by 5 years old, the age of these two boys, kids do see race and already have racial bias and favor Whites.
Racism is now upheld by people who do not see themselves as racist and would not think of using racist terminology. They see themselves as color-blind, denying their racial biases. Racism without Racists is a book which describes this system of racism.
I hate to burst your bubble, but racism is a part of the fabric of our society. The only way out is to acknowledge it and to commit to being anti-racist.
Want to raise your White child to be anti-racist? Here are some tools:
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