Korie and Willie Robertson told Yandy and Mendeecees Harris that they had not considered race until adopting a biracial son.
A mom writes in asking for advice about discussing race with her children. This mom, who is white and who says most of her family and friend group are white and/or Hispanic, says her 3-year-old recently asked a question about race. She feels like she gave a bad answer at the time, and given the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests and discussions about systematic racism, this mom wants to know how she can effectively communicate sensitive issues to her young children.
A mom writes in asking for advice about raising her mixed-race son as protests throughout the world continue. This white mother-of-three has an 11-year-old son from a previous relationship. Her son’s father is Black, and therefore her son is half-Black and half-white. This mom wants to know what she should be doing for her son: What conversations should she be having with him? How should she be having them? Where should she start?
The phrase “The Talk” is used by many parents to refer to the birds and the bees. But as a white mother with a black son, The Talk is something entirely different. Sure, we will have The Talk about sex like most families. But The Talk I am referring to is the one about what to do when someone treats you differently because of the color of your skin.
I’ve been a communication professor for 9 years, and one of my favorite courses to teach is Intercultural Communication. During the first week of class, I open a conversation about culture and race by asking my students to discuss their racial identity. As we make our way around the room, what tends to happen is my white students get noticeably uncomfortable when I ask, “What is your race, and what does it mean to you?” It is tough for them to say, “I am white,” and even daunting to discuss what their whiteness means to them.
Kristin Davis is mother to two adopted children: Her 7-year-old daughter, Gemma, and a baby boy she just adopted last year. Recently, she spoke candidly about the experience of adopting two young African-American children. The Goodwill Ambassador and Sex and the City star was interviewed on the Facebook Watch series, Red Table Talk, by Jada Pinkett Smith and Adrienne Banfield-Jones. During the interview, titled, “Should White People Adopt Black Kids,” Davis describes her journey to adoption, saying, “I had already thought about [adoption] . . . it had seemed like an option for me for a very long time. I felt like there was a child out there who I needed to find that was my child. I can’t explain it. It was a spiritual kind of a thing . . . [Adoption] is a long road. It’s not an easy road.” YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: Nurse Adopts Two-Year-Old Baby Blaze After Caring for Him in the Hospital Davis was emotional as she described how she works daily to ensure her children feel part of the black community. “Because my children are African American I feel like it is my duty and my job to do as much research, as much work, …