Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
To honor that, I wanted to have another diversity talk with Mila. I figured to keep her full attention, I’d use her biggest motivation: m&ms. The girl loves them and always sneaks them. I guess I can’t blame her for that.
Anyways, m&m’s are a perfect way to showcase different skin colors, but we’re all human on the inside.
I lined her m&m’s up and asked her what colors they were. She told me all of the colors and I mentioned how all of them were all different. I talked about how people all have different skin colors too.
Then, I asked her if she would be sad if I told her she couldn’t have certain colors of m&ms. Of course she was. She told me she liked them all.
With that, I told her in the past, boys and girls who were black weren’t allowed to play with boys and girls with white skin. She seemed upset by this. Yet, i explained that some people judge others by their skin color.
Without giving her much more thought, I cut an m&m in half.
She seemed a little shocked, but I asked her if she thought the other m&ms looked the same on the inside. With a quick nod of her head, she pointed to another one and I sliced it in half too. It may be aggressive, but she liked it.
I told her that even thought people look different on the outside, we’re all humans on the inside. We have differences, but we still have the same emotions too.
Of course, as she gets older, these conversations will get more complex.
I’ll never claim to know what racism is like to experience. The only thinks i can do is teach my daughter to see people’s differences, but love them for their character.
Kids will change the world, but it starts with teaching them about diversity, even with m&ms.
Here’s some videos about Martin Luther King Jr. that Mila enjoyed this morning: