Racism is hate, don´t teach your child to hate!
In the beginning of this year, we decide to voluntarily join forces with UNICEF ( http://www.infanciasemracismo.org.br) to raise awareness about the importance of teaching our kids about racism. A subject that, unfortunately, it is not discussed and carefully thought in many families around the world. If we don´t suffer, we don’t discuss… and this is, in my opinion, a mistake. A friend of mine, who writes the blog Desabafo de Mãe (http://www.blogdodesabafodemae.blogspot.com) with me, asked a important question: what caucasian mother has enough curiosity to learn more and teach her kids about racism? Nobody wants to admit that is racist because, nowadays, it is WRONG to be racist. So the subject is buried to, specially, not bring out our own fears and thoughts about prejudice and racism
So we simply started inviting other mothers to write about the subjetct, not only about how they deal with racism in their everyday lives, but also to discuss about their fears and bring out questions and stories about racism and prejudice. In less than 15 days, 39 mothers(http://blogdodesabafodemae.blogspot.com/2011/03/blogagem-coletiva-por-um...) took their time to write an article, in their own blogs, about the subject. And it was simply amazing to learn that, yes, there are women out there worry about the children they are going to leave to the world. We talked racism beyond the colors… we talk racism in a way that showed us how important it is to face our own discriminatory acts and uggliness. If we are not aware about our weaknesses and hideousness, we can not move forward, we can not change to lead our kids through the right path, the one that has no hate.
This voluntary action made me see how important it is to walk beyond my comfort zone, to talk about subjects that will bring pain and fear but, also, knowledge and growing. Some people will critize me but others will share and join this fight that requiries educate ourselves before educate our kids, future citizens.
If you speak Portuguese you can watch the interview (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4I3khhClZMk&feature=player_embedded) we did with Professor Dennis de Oliveira, from University of São Paulo, and follow our blog here (http://www.blogdodesabafodemae.blogspot.com).