“Does slavery still exist?” -Nathan
The unexpected question I received from our 6 year old as we were exploring North Africa. “Yes… baby it does and it’s happening right here!,” pointing to the area on the map we were studying.
Their faces… The shock, disgust, sadness, and my heart in a thousand pieces.
Them: How do we stop it?
Me: I don’t know what we can do to stop it baby. Start with researching, learning more about what’s really going on. Don’t ignore it, don’t let people forget it, and shed light as much light on the issue as you can.
From there we’ve been able to discuss colorism, racism, and antiblackness, stereotypes and so on. Not all at once, just as much as they want to whenever they want to. They care so deeply about the issues of the world.
They were so irritated by the nonchalant way Native American history, slavery, and civil rights was discussed at their previous school. My oldest would come home saying “They talk about our history like they don’t even care. Sometimes the children laugh. I hate it.”
Now they are able to have conversations with someone who cares and gives them time, space to feel. If schools aren’t teaching history with truth and passion it’s pointless. And, if they continully ignore current issues our children are doomed. Doomed to a typical, heartless, individualistic western mentality that got us in this mess.
These conversations don’t come in a pre-packaged curriculum. They come randomly with each new day, each new experience, and we all agree it’s one of the best parts of our home education journey.
There are so many lessons to grasp from these tough conversations. One takeaway, NEVER be afraid or ashamed to love yourself outloud in a world that puts so much effort into hating you and tries to teach you to hate yourself. Also, anti-blackness is global, and white supremacy just isn’t for white people.
People of Color by Natalie Pipkin
Having a shared enemy
Coming together conveniently
While ignoring issues currently & historically.
“Do the work” isn’t a just phrase to say to white women.
It’s for every NON-BLACK POC with an ounce of anti-blackness in ’em.
Whose got a racial slur resting on their toungue in their native language
Who sees black bodies drop and feels not a bit of anguish.
Check your momma & your grandma
Shake your family tree
And don’t forget , “do the work” internally.
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