Our 8 year old wanted to know what would happen if we went back to the olden days,
“You know, when white people hated black people. Would that mean I’d have to hate black people too?”
“Do you hate them now?” I ask.
“Of course not” she says rolling her eyes at such a stupid question.
“Nobody can make you hate anybody. Only you are in control of how you decide to treat people.” I explain.
And so too another casual conversation ended. I was going to add a whole lot more, you know, create a mini lecture series about the evils of racism-but thought better of it.
It wasn’t necessary, she already knew.
Yep, no point lecturing kids about what they already know deep within. Instead, gently open their heart to let it out.