I’m certainly not the first to weigh in on the Trayvon Martin tragedy and the question of how to talk about his killing, as well as the issue of race, with our kids. But as a white mother of an Asian daughter, I’m still struggling with exactly how to explain to her not only the horrible story itself, but also the reality of how the world is for me and how it will be for her.
Yes, I’m white. And I know that carries with it the whole “white privilege” thing. And, yes, my husband and I have had many talks with our daughter, who is now a middle-schooler, about issues surrounding race in this country. She’s learned about Martin Luther King, Jr. We recently took her to see the MLK Memorial in Washington, D.C. We’ve talked about why it’s there and why it’s important for it to be there. We read all the inscriptions on the wall that runs along the perimeter of the magnificent statue of the civil rights leader.
But how can you explain things that are as horrendous as Trayvon Martin’s murder in a way that a child of any age will understand? Read more about my struggle with this issue here …..