Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: A bit of Dixie in the Midwest!
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From a place that is somewhat diverse to a place that is over 80% white.
(mods, I hope this question fits here....it's been something that has been weighing on my mind...please forgive me if it needs to be moved!)
We are white, but we've been blessed to live in a fairly diverse place since before our eldest was born. I'm thankful that our children have been exposed to different cultures and races in a very natural way--people at church, playgroups, the park, the grocery store, etc. And yet, because we live in the South, the downside is that there is a more obvious element of racism, particularly in the older people we encounter (some of dh's elderly relatives, and some of the elderly people at church)). So far, I'd like to think that we've been careful to nip it in the bud where possible, so that it hasn't rubbed off on our kids (yeah, I know that's not really possible, but we've done the best we can), but I know that sooner or later--probably sooner--our 6 yo will begin to understand these attitudes and start to try to figure out how they fit in with his reality, KWIM?
So, the blessing is that we've been in a culturally diverse area. The curse is that we've been exposed to a more visible level of racism (for lack of a better way to say it...hope y'all understand, it's hard to put into words something so despicable and hateful, and sooooo insidious!).
Now, we are contemplating a move to a very predominately white area, and I wonder....which is worse?
The beauty of cultural diversity, even if it means I have to explain racism to my kids and battle the effect of it on their souls, or living in an area of bland sameness that to me sorta feels like a form of racism in itself, and risk the chance that my kids will forget that God used an amazingly rich palette when He created people?
This isn't so much a question of "should we make this move" because it is almost a certainty that we will. I guess my question is more, what are the ramifications of living in such a "non" diverse area, and what (if anything) can I do to protect my children from that lack of diversity?
Am I making any sense at all? I feel like I'm phrasing everything very poorly...perhaps I don't even really know what my question is. It's just been on my mind a lot since it became apparent that we'd be moving. Which is worse, open racism, or the more subtle racism of non-diversity?
Sarah, Queen of Hearts, raising a Full House with Michael, King of my Heart!
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