Why Don’t We Teach Children About Race?
tierney oberhammer
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I watched the video and I think it is amazing. I will be vulnerable and admit that it was a little eye opening to here an MC of Asian decent present the stereotypes of having a mastery of certain academic pursuits as a negative because that wasn’t his strong suits. Growing up black where the stereotype was that if you were “too educated” then you were being white, made me think that a stereotype could be deemed “positive” or “negative.” As I got older I realized any stereotype can be confining because it is a prejudgment on an individual. There are aspects of race that even though it is a cultural construct, I hold on to as a component of my identity because I don’t know where I am actually from from a stand point of ethnicity. Yes, I can say that I am of African decent but whether has in the Caribbean or some where on the continent of Africa, I truly don’t know. As an adult there is so much about race that I have to learn and be willing to vulnerable in order to effectively share my experiences and new found knowledge to instruct and inspire young people to feel and do better.

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