I know that prejudice is part nature and the other nurture. Bias is a normal part of human nature. However, those girl’s at the playground today have their prejudice thriving in a society that is clearly divided along ‘Us vs Them’. Their biases are being shaped by the messages they hear, intentionally or unintentionally.
It is my duty, though, as a parent too see that my son learns and unlearns prejudice. I will teach him to be brave and celebrate who he is – a perfect blend of two cultures. None superior or inferior to the other. I will guide him into understanding and accepting the beauty of his African and Danish roots. My goal is to help him navigate prejudice and learn how to be tolerant. Maybe I am too idealistic, but I would rather be that than cynical. The world is already full of negative minded people. I chose to be different. To mentally condition my child differently.
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