Lives Matter | Dumplings | Fluff Festival

September 20, 2018 in #parenting #events | | | Share on Google+

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Some of you ask me from time to time, how do you come up with stuff to write every week. The short answer is as a parent, life happens! Honestly, I have a backlog of topics I want to talk about. :)

I was gonna tell you about how I found my son in bed in tears with a lollipop hanging out of his mouth, but that'll have to wait...

Because on Tuesday, I found in my son's' afterschool cubby a drawing of

Asian and European Lives Matter

Uh! I felt flood of emotions: shock, disappointment, incredulous that my son attending the MLK school isn't sufficiently aware of what's happening, and embarrassment: gosh, I hope the neighboring parents picking up kids didn't just see what he wrote. :(

Apparently in couple of friends of his in the grade above him, a European-American and a Chinese American, started saying why is it always Black Lives Matter? How about everyone else? So they started drawing and a Hispanic friend and my son then joined.

We spent the next hour at dinner talking about why African American have been discriminated against and worse in America, why there's the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. Apparently my kids didn't quite connect slavery, civic rights movement, with ongoing discrimination, and haven't heard about police shooting of African American males.

I had thought I can leave the task of talking with my kids about race and diversity to the teachers and other trained staff, so I wouldn't misspeak. Nope! It's time for some open conversations with my kids, so they don't pick up the wrong message by my perceived silence.

I remembered from the Diversity Dialogues at our upper school that there are two ways to talk about diversity, one's focusing on oppression, while the other, more effective way is to foster pride in one's own cultural heritage and respect for that of others.

I wrote to the afterschool teacher about what happened, and was happy to hear from her that actually my son already asked to work on a project on Asian History Month to share with classmates. Maybe similar ideas for his classmates? :)

Also, there was already talk of a convo or even series on race among parents at our school, and a number of parents of all backgrounds showed support. Once I got over my embarrassment and talked to other parents about what happened, I heard back "yeah, we should talk about it, cuz the kids are already talking about it. "

In case you're interested, some of the kids' drawings:

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