A few weeks ago, George Floyd’s death at the hands of a policeman in the United States sparked a real barrage of demonstrations and protests around the world. The demonstrations not only took place in the United States, but citizens from other countries also joined the fight against racism, have you talked about it at home?

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In general, children do not practice racist discrimination. They are often surprised that adults do it, so it’s so important that you talk to your children, even if they are young, about racism. Whether we recognize it or not, nobody likes to recognize themselves racist, it’s a learned attitude. Hence, children don’t understand it as a normal situation.

Why should I talk to my children about racism?

Talk to children and explain to them why things is essential to them. So they can better understand the world in which they live and want to improve it. The definition of racism was easy; it was an unfavourable or discriminatory attitude towards someone or a group of persons, usually because of their skin colour or ethnic origin.

Racial prejudices are culturales, and are learned from a very early age. That is why it is so important that parents put the topic on the table, and with the help of teachers in schools develop an open, tolerant and respectful attitude towards those who are not the majority.

Children should understand that prejudices towards people of another race are always negative. These prejudices end up leading to stereotypes, people will be judged only by their appearances. And we cannot ignore that racial differences and prejudices exist. To deny this reality is to deny part of society.

Advice against racism

Some experts advise boys and girls to live examples of diversity from an early age. Colleagues from kindergartens of different races, school supplies, books and cards showing diversity of characters. Toys, we put the example of dolls, other than white.

Beyond these tips for young children to get used to seeing racial diversity, it is important for parents to take a stand on racism. We have to get the subject out and be coherent. It is of no use, for example, to have a tolerant discourse with black people in North America and not keeping it with sub-Saharan blacks living in Spain. As far as possible, try your children to have varied circles of friends.

If you notice that you are not as open and tolerant as you think, remind your children that no one is perfect. Share with them how to improve society so that it is not racist. You can propose together how to achieve positive change. You can visit an African food store together, or search online for questions about culture from other countries, other races and ethnic groups, to get to know these people better. Encourage your children to question racial stereotypes and prejudices, teach them to be kind when interacting with people from all racial, ethnic and cultural groups.

How do children learn racial prejudice?

As we have discussed above, children learn about racial differences and prejudices from a youngage. They do it through their parents, their teachers, their friends, how later they react to racism will be as they have heard or seen.

Biology determines a critical early learning period , up to 4 years, and another later period in which learning is much more difficult. Therefore, according to the time our children learn about racial differences they will do so in a “natural” or “learned” way.

At 6 months, a baby’s brain already recognize racial differences. Between the ages of 2 and 4, children may internalize racial prejudice. At the age of 12, children usually establish their beliefs. Let’s say what you learn during the first 10 years of your life will be what remains.