|Well, to be fair, there have only been 55 presidential elections in our nations history. Only 55. I understand that there has never been a black, woman, non christian etc... president but, there have only been 55 elections. I understand what you're saying and I agree this nation has a long way to go but, I think it's very important to point out to children that there are a lot of non white, non christian men and women serving in high offices in this nation.
55 elections? Spanning hundreds of years?!? I'm sorry, I don't agree with what's implied here at all. The word only does not apply. Think of it in terms of statistics and population.
~America is roughly 50% female.
~15% of the population over age 5 has at least one disability
~78,000,000 Americans are not white (and this continues to grow)
~25% are non Christian (and this continues to grow)
Yet, until now, NONE of these populations has EVER been represented in the white house by a president. None. That's not coincidence, and it wasn't a mistake. How is that "fair"? To anybody?
Originally Posted by pigpokey
I seriously doubt it is time to introduce the history of the country and various ugly mistakes to my children who have not developed enough to be able to hold the concepts in their minds accurately and are prone to illogical acts of generalization and fantasy. If you still believe that Santa Claus flies all over the earth in one night on magic reindeer and comes down everyone's chimneys I have no idea what you would make of skin color politics. .... I think planting notions of fear and hate and problems they cannot solve in their tender years in no way advances that.
I think you grossly underestimate your children. At 3 and 5 they are certainly old enough to know that people are sometimes treated unfairly for BS reasons, one of which is their skin color. It can be introduced the same as sharing toys or not yelling at other children.
3, 5, and 6 (some ages mentioned on this thread by mothers choosing not to address race) are old enough to understand fairness, respect, and even racism. They're old enough to understand that some people didn't want Obama elected just because he was black.
And to clarify, no one here said that Obama's skin color is black. I'm pretty sure we're all aware of the varying shades and hues. But he has identified himself publicly as a "Black" man, and in our society, Black is a racial identifier, not the actual or perceived tone of one's skin.
Lucky to all of you who don't "have" to address race at all with your children. I guess.
Ruthla, that's why I chose my wording carefully. It was not a well known fact that he was in a wheelchair--in fact, great measures were taken to conceal this. http://www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu/poliop23.html