"Bigotry, Blindness, and Basketball"

We can't teach our children about race if we never talk about it.

Talking to children about race from an early age is important
As soon as I pulled up, I got a knot in my stomach. I had signed up my three "big kids" — five-year-old Jafta, adopted domestically, three-year-old Kembe, adopted from Haiti, and three-year-old India, my biological daughter — for a basketball class. It was held in one of the swankier areas of our city. As we walked through the door, I had a feeling that this may not be the most welcoming place for two black kids. But I tried ...

What started off as a fun day on the courts left my heart hurting for my two brown boys, and the kids who excluded them.


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