Anyone out there?
I'm white; my husband and our children are Black. So, it's rough out there for my kids. We live in a highly segregated and highly-in-denial region. I learned the hard way the folly of putting my life-learners into classes and activities in which they are uninterested just so they can be around other Black children. At the same time, it's really hard on them to always be the only ones in the classes and activities they love.
We've experienced a lot of heart-wrenching incidents in our white liberal community from people who would seem to prefer throwing themselves into a volcano over dealing honestly and compassionately about issues of race. This just makes it even harder for our children when things happen.
Our family thinks we're nuts...and disrespectful to our children's heritage...but we're all (family included) dealing with that as lovingly as we possibly can.
We're part of the African American Unschooling group and have attended the annual camping trip for the past 2 years. This year, it conflicts with our niece's high school graduation and we are literally in tears over having to miss it!
It's the one time per year that our kids are totally free, totally safe to be themselves in a big group outside of our family. DH and I are working so hard to find and create other times and spaces for this throughout the year...but, it has been challenging and thus far, unsuccessful.
We're going to a couple of unschooling conferences this spring...but it's hard not to be a little nervous about how welcome we will be...or how overly welcome we will be, if you kwim.