Unfortunately, race and racism do matter, but don’t overlook the validity of their innocence. These boys see beyond race and that’s not a bad thing. They’re not denying race, which is the problem with forced color-blindness.
Over the next several years, they should be guided to appreciate the evil in racism, slavery, Jim Crow, and mass incarceration, but also the beauty of Black culture, the unfinished accomplishments of civil rights, and multiracial solidarity in finishing the job. But don’t try to invalidate this beautiful moment when they are living MLK’s dream. I hope it inspires them to make the world better.