I just got done with a race and ethnicity class that I took this summer that brought many thoughts to my head....and lots of questions.
I am a Peruvian-American, but really a TCK. I had a baby 6 months ago and would like to raise her so that she does not grow up with a feeling of inferiority. My husband (her dad) is white. She has black hair, dark eyes, and dark skin. In addition, I speak to her in Spanish and I am teaching her the good (in my opinion) aspects of Peruvian culture.
In the class that I took, we spent a lot of time discussing White privilege, the link between race and poverty rates, feelings of inferiority, racism, the treatment of minorities by the majority, the lack of equality, etc. It has been shown that the vast majority of minority children go through an extremely difficult time during adolescence as they search for self identity. I know adolescence is far away for my baby girl, but I believe I need to raise her in a way to "counteract" the negative stereotypes she will encounter growing up. We currently live in a small city where there are small pockets of racially mixed groups, but it's mainly racially separated.
Where I grew up on the east coast, sometimes the racism was so bad that in order to protect us my dad, and parents of other hispanic children would tell us to lie and say we were Italian. I never could bring myself to lie about my ethnicity and was beat up twice in school. Where I live now sometimes I am ignored, brushed off, etc. when in public settings.
Does anyone have any advice on how to accomplish this? Does anyone have any resources? Books? Studies? Articles? about the topic? How do you raise your children to feel secure and confident in a country where they are a minority and where they experience the racism and stereotypes?