Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Discussing Race

We've now been home 6 months with our little one. I'm happy to report that I've not encountered any negative racial comments thus far. Living in a rural, Southern town, I was preparing myself in case the issue did/does occur. However, ironically, I have heard some comments from a few unsuspecting 3-year-olds who simply observed the difference of Elyza's eyes and theirs...and stated it very literally as most toddlers tend to do.

I think it's important to help our children, no matter what their age or race, to better communicate when identifying racial differences. The truth is, we adults probably take for granted our colorful human race, when our children are, in fact, just beginning to discover it. Multiracial Sky has a great post today on talking to your children about race. And I recommend the book Whoever You Are that I posted about earlier here. It always makes for a good birthday gift ;)


Tonya said...

Thank you for the post.hopefully you wont be shy (and from all the post I have read from you this does not seem to be the case lol) in commenting if you run into any issues. So we behind can know what to expect and learn from you.

a Tonggu Momma said...

Courtney -- I saw this post, too, and added it to my upcoming Sunday Linkage post... great minds think alike! I'm so glad you've experienced little to no racism. We haven't been as fortunate, but sometimes I wonder if it's something about me or perhaps the local area in which we live. We are on vacation at the moment and have received only appropriate comments - not even adoption questions. What a nice break!

Kate said...


Thank you for the sweet comment on my blog. Your Elyza is just the cutest!! It ousnds like she is adjusting so well and that you all are loving being a family. Time flies, doesn't it?? Hang on to those everyday moments for dear life and squeze every last drop out of them!!! :-)

Great post about race....so many things to be aware of!!!


Bella's momma said...

Thank you for this post and this link!

Aimee said...

Courtney, my husband and I count it a blessing that our children still will point out another child by saying "that girl with the red shirt" or "that boy with the hat" as opposed to the color of their skin by which to identify them. We are trying so hard and that entails praying for them that they will never encounter prejudice or recieve it either. Thank you for your post. Aimee Jenkins (Jen's sis)