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Raising Children Free of Prejudice

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Parenting in White Families


White parents face some different issues in raising their children to be free of prejudice. The realization that their race protects them from directly experiencing most kinds of prejudice will call for some different responses. But one basic approach is the same: remembering that all children learn their attitudes from the adults around them. And so for white parents, taking a careful look at their own feelings about other ethnic and racial groups is a most important first step in helping their children to grow up without prejudice.

A second crucial step is understanding that our children learn most from their day-to-day experience. We must not, of course, speak or act in prejudicial ways. But that's not enough by itself. Children can absorb prejudices from the world around them, or simply grow up without knowing anything about other racial groups. White parents must actively work to help their children develop healthy racial attitudes.

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