Letter to the editor: Teach kids about racism

To the editor:

Children are not born racist. They learn it from those around them, often at a very young age. In the discussions now about how to combat racism, we need to have a plan to educate children at a very young age that racism is not only wrong; it doesn’t make a lot of sense.

This is something I learned at a very young age from my parents, primarily from the way they behaved with people of color. I learned that I was not a better person than a person of color just because I am Caucasian. This needs to be taught to children in preschool, kindergarten and even earlier. It also needs to be repeated again and again as they grow older. For some children it will be too late; they are already racist and can’t change. But others can “unlearn” it if they are given good instruction, and that can come from outside people who are trained or proficient in explaining why racism is not good. That could include teachers, public figures or anyone else who can do this. School districts must do this if they want racism to decline; unfortunately, it’s still very much alive in our country. This education is just as important as the proposed changes to law enforcement procedures and training and other changes that can help African Americans and reduce racism.

Steve Ferrier,

Lawrence

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