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Tony Armour

December 12, 2013  10:51am

Great article!

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Jennifer Ellen

November 22, 2013  9:11am

Richard, there is (at least) one other option - white's can acknowledge the privilege we have enjoyed of being race-*un*conscious, and can develop that consciousness in ways that stand with and raise up those who have not enjoyed that privilege. Being conscious of all that is entailed in my whiteness does not demand that I must identify only with whites. It gives me the opportunity to be more aware both of myself and of the other, and to help diffuse the affects my privilege has had on both myself and others.

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Richard Magnus

November 15, 2013  10:35am

By the time these children are grown, whites won't be a "majority" in the U.S. We have two choices - a) whites can become race-conscious and openly favor their own kind, like the other races do, thus plunging society into conflict and strife, or b) the other races can give up their race-consciousness and open favoritism, and embrace the sort of "color-blind" ethic that's been the officially-stated policy for whites. Whether we live in a harmonious and peaceful society 20 years from now depends on what the non-whites now choose. It's still racism, no matter who does it to whom.

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Doranna Cooper

November 14, 2013  3:52pm

Great article and thanks for Nancy Lee's comments, very helpful.

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Nancy Lee

November 10, 2013  3:02pm

As a family who first had biological children, then adopted transracially, I have to say that we did with our first kids what most Caucasian families do: never discussed race, except to say general things like "all people are equal in God's sight." Boy, do we Caucasians need to do more than that! We need to help all of our kids understand the persecution and terror experienced by African-Americans and Native Americans, and other people of color, and be specific with our terminology. Now that we have beautiful brown children too, we receive lots of questions in public. And we are careful about how we respond to strangers' idle curiosity -- our kids need to know that they have no obligation to tell strangers their history. We smile and ask "why do you want to know?" and most often say, "Sorry, but we don't share our children's private information with people we just met." It is our job to be polite and kind, but model good boundaries for our kids.

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