While I agree that educating white children about racism is important, I think we need to be very careful in how we do it, or we risk inadvertently inserting an artificial sense of separation in lieu of a genuine understanding of differences that allows true connection. These lovely children that are naturally experiencing non-separation, can and should be supported in that wonderful experience. Interrupting such a moment of closeness and identification across differences, to emphasize differences and separateness, would be very harmful, and I trust that you are not advocating that. This moment between two five year olds can be celebrated and cherished, and, we can follow up with conversations to make sure that the children in their ability to connect across differences of experience in a racist world, as well as differences of heritage which we can celebrate.
Absolutely, yes, it’s time to shine the light of awareness, and talk about that which is awkward, but important, as we learn and grow. Thank you for the reminder, and for doing the work of talking about it!