Professor’s Op-Ed Wonders if White Parents are Raising Children to Avoid Racism

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Are white parents raising racist children, or at least dispelling racism while raising children in today’s society? A Drake University professor wondered about that in her op-ed in the New York Times:

In a Tuesday New York Times op-ed, Drake University’s Jennifer Harvey argues white parents who teach their children that all people are equal and “the same underneath our skin” are utilizing “ineffective” strategies for combating racism.

A statement like “we’re all equal,” Harvey says, “actually blocks white children from recognizing or taking seriously racism when they see it or hear about it.”

To give you an idea where Harvey, a religion professor, is coming from, she links to several (allegedly) white-perpetrated hate crimes, and associates them with the rise of now-President Donald Trump.