Some probably think it's not necessary. After all we've elected our first black President! But racism is alive and well and it's up to us as parents to teach our children well.
We all need to be role models in how we value people of all backgrounds. We sort of take this for granted that our children will grow up in this diverse world, color blind. But it's not so!
My children, who are now 16 and 13, have encountered racism since grade school! They handle it well because we've taught them to not only value who they are but to value all people. We don't live in a diverse community. In fact, we're often it as far as diversity goes!
When should you begin the conversation about race? Experts say it's never too early. Children as young as three-years-old begin to notice differences in people and begin to make judgments.
Dinner time is a great time to begin a conversation with your kids. Taking your children to diverse cultural events in your community is also a good way to begin to teach your children tolerance and respect for others.
But remember: you can't raise non-racist children if your biases are unchecked.