Explaining racism to our children

As parents, one of our main missions and goals is to teach our children to grow in values, to be happy and to enjoy life as never before. We could say that since we live in the 21st century, acceptance is a concept that lives in our day-to-day lives, each time we become more tolerant accepting that the differences make us unique and wonderful. Not for this reason we must assume that concepts such as “discrimination” and “racial prejudice” have already disappeared from our lives, we surround ourselves every day with judgments among us human beings, from thinking and judging a person for his way of dressing until assaulting someone verbally or physically, we are either undermining the integrity of a person, whether they know it or not. As human beings by possessing physical characteristics we have granted ourselves the power to judge others and to pass over each other by believing ourselves superior, throughout history we have seen events that have determined the life course of many people who have . tried to make the world better but they have not been recognized or supported by their race, country of origin, gender, beliefs, among others. That is why today in 123pormi we want to remind and encourage you to teach our children to accept others and not to forget the history that they have determined who we are today.

We are going to give you some examples so that we not only remember but also reflect and transmit the message of acceptance and tolerance. They probably know who Nelson Mandela is, if they ask their children they will most likely know him but many do not understand or know the story behind the character and if we mention the “Apartheid” they could not only explain to us what it was but not They know the role Nelson Mandela plays in this. Apartheid was a system established in South Africa and Namibia that consisted of separating people by race, places had a social classification of status, ancestry or appearance (race). Nelson Mandela, seeing the need of the black population, decides to mobilize the people, as a lawyer he begins to support the population in multiple movements but these acts are not enough, creating a subordinate organization called “Umkhonto we Sizwe” generates an armed activity that It leads to being imprisoned after proclaiming oneself as a person against violence. After being imprisoned for more than 17 years, President Frederik Willem de Klerk releases him by making him his right hand and helping him abolish the concept of Apartheid in 1990.

We could say that we see traces of discrimination in our daily lives, sometimes we do not even recognize that they are there, but it is for this reason that we must teach our children to know not only the happiness and the goodness of the world and humanity but their dark sides and negative One of the examples we can draw from an event that we celebrate worldwide is “Black Friday”, this celebration of discounts that occurs after Thanksgiving. This black Friday is named for a tradition after the economic crisis of 1869, when in winter merchants sold black slaves at a discount to spend the winter with money for new investments. Probably as an adult you did not know the sad story behind a day we celebrated since consumerism, it is for this reason that we must analyze multiple aspects of our lives and closely observe each aspect of our life and how we are contributing to discrimination and the celebration of sad fate that multiple human beings had to go through.

Although it is a complex issue to discuss, information about discrimination should be communicated to our children since they are rightful. Discrimination is present throughout the world. Although there are regulations in many countries that prohibit discriminatory acts, there are still many people who practice them. It is important to instill in our children respect for diversity. Although we do not believe it, segregation and aggression towards people based on race, religion, gender status or political tendency is more in force than ever. We must teach them to recognize acts of discrimination not only so that they do not commit them, but also to defend diversity.

Remember: “A man only has the right to look at another down, when he has to help him get up.”

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