Difficult conundrums exist when it comes to directly engaging white children and youth who are being raised in a society that is diverse but full of racial inequity and injustice. Should we teach white kids to be “colorblind”? Or, should we teach them to notice race? And if so, how? When we tell them that God created all of our differences, what do they actually hear? What roles do we want white youth to play in addressing racism when they encounter it? How do we do that? On top of it all, talking about race well means we have to talk about white privilege and racism. How do we teach about race honestly, then, without making children feel bad about being white?
Every single one of us is impacted by how white children are being socialized in the United States. So, whether you’ve been a white kid, are helping raise white kids, have relationships with people who used to be white kids, or have children in your life who are friends with white kids—this is a multi-racial conversation for all of us. Meanwhile, raising children is a generational and a communal endeavor. Antiracist vision in this regard sits at the heart of what the the church is called to be about.