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  •  You make some points here that speak to me (11+ / 0-)

    in a powerful way. Both in terms of the way you were raised, and the fact that you feel strongly about helping others with whom you feel a kinship and yet that you also feel it important to do right by others as well who are outside those bounds. Saying all of that is a welcoming thing to say for those reading who are not black.

    As for my own kids, I'm honestly not sure they feel much of a kinship with white or Jewish Americans more than anyone else. It's an interesting question, at least for the 9 year old. The 5 year old couldn't even discuss it in a meaningful way. They probably feel more of a kinship to New York City kids than to other American kids, although I'm guessing there. I'd also be guessing about American kids vs. other kids outside the US. I'd be reasonably confident they feel more of a kinship to children in need than adults, not b/c they understand, as adults do, that children's needs are different, but just b/c that's someone who is "like them." We've been reading (to the older one) about history and the experiences of those who have faced racism/discrimination for some time now, so there's an awareness. But I really don't what's in her head at this point. My dream would be that all Americans would see one another as kin. That would help make us a far more egalitarian, democratic, and progressive society. I hope we keep on getting closer to that ideal, far-off as it may be.

    •  we are all the product of those who care about us (12+ / 0-)

      one of the worst lessons we teach kids is to assume that because someone "looks like you" that they will have your best interest at heart.

      for example, one of the most important people in my early life--and who i need to write a thank you card to as i hope she is still alive--was my 4th grade teacher. she was a white native american out lesbian who was a former army officer. she was the toughest high standard person i ever encountered. long story, i was put in a class for "below average" kids because of a student teacher who did the tracking. i should have been in the highest track based on my test scores.

      i was bored and would get in trouble. if it wasn't not for her intervention--and thank god for my parents--i would likely have been on a very different path in life and ended up a drop out or in prison.

      You sound like you are doing great by your kids. As you know kids are very perceptive and smart. When we talk to them as opposed to at them, it is surprising how much they learn and can communicate. Your kids are lucky to have you.

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