"A few years back, a Black girl joined my classroom of mostly white two-year-olds halfway through the school year. Living in mostly-white Portland, meeting her was the first direct experience many of them had with someone who didn’t look like them. One child asked if her skin was dirty. Another child told her she couldn’t be Elsa, she could only be Moana.I’ve gotten a lot of responses from parents asking why we need to teach anti-racism. Why can’t we just teach children to be kind and inclusive? This is why. Anti-racism recognizes that racist beliefs have permeated our culture and created systemic problems. Rather than just talking about it, anti-racism asks that we actively work against it."
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