Teaching children awareness and empathy is not the same thing as teaching guilt.
April Hagins Johnson

That’s awfully abstract for young children, though. They see the world as black and white, good and bad, right and wrong. They want to see the good guys win and bad guys punished.

If you tell them they have this bad thing called ‘privilege’ just because of their skin color, they’re going to think they’re bad.

It doesn’t matter how often you tell them it’s not they themselves that are bad, that’s how they’ll see it. Look how often children of divorce think it’s their fault — that if they had been better, Daddy wouldn’t have left — even though both parents tell them repeatedly it’s not their fault.

So far, in this article or in the links, I haven’t seen much in the way of concrete guidelines to talking to young children about race and privilege. I frankly wouldn’t trust my child to the angst of white academia, which ironically, seem to be the most vocal.

Your mileage may vary, of course.

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