Thursday, February 3, 2011

My Kids Don't Know We are Black

LP & I having fun

It's Black History month and as always, it's up to each family to celebrate the month their own way.

My kids are not aware we're Black and of the rich history of our ethnicity. It's up to me to educate them without bitterness. We're starting small. My son's favorite song is by Al Green - his choice totally. My daughter's dolls are Black - my choice totally. We are always emphasizing the fact that God created us all different and He loves us all because we are so special. Once they grow up more we'll start working on teaching the history of Blacks in Brazil, the U.S. and Africa. I want my children to be proud of who they are as well as aware of the sacrifices of our ancestors so we can have equality. Whether they know it or not, my kids are the dream and hope of the slave as Maya Angelou wrote. 
In case you are wondering, every now and then I experience racism but I'm not gonna focus on that today. I choose to celebrate the fact that my children and I can make a difference by overcoming evil with good (Romans 12:21). Loving others as God loves us is the best way to celebrate Black History month. 
Do you teach your children about different ethnicities? If so, how? Were you taught about your own ethnicity? How?