Black Parenting : At what age do you discuss slavery?

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  1. c-note

    c-note Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    My parents never told me about our history as slaves in this country. First time I heard about it was in 3rd grade. In fact, there were 3 other black kids in my class and NONE of us had heard anything about slavery before. I remember learning about this in a predominately white class, from a white teacher as a painful and embarrassing moment.

    This will not be my daughter's experience. Her heritage lessons will begin at home, from me.

    My question is: What is an appropriate age to begin discussing slavery?
     
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    Great question. My little one is 3 and at this rate I'm thinking before kindergarden. I think it may be best to base it on the child's level of maturity and understanding.
    IMO, it's important to speak on Us b4 slavery though, since we have always been. That way, when you get to 4000 BC you can speak on caucasians and their beastly ways of "living." And then eventually work up to them being the ones who would eventually enslave us. And then take it from there.

    I teach 5th grade and I hit them hard. I have to pull myself back to their being children...Gods, but children none-the-less.
    And like you said, if I don't give them the circumference of the reality, someone else will give them the diameter and call it a day.
     
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    Wisely spoken Brother Sefirot.

    I feel militant, so I wanted to yell "since the they are born!", but indeed, the minds of children are molded negatively all too easily.

    If you plan to teach your children about history, then slavery should as big a part of it as what we were before it. Just remember to slip the fact that many of us are still enslaved in there.

    Peace.

    ~Ikoro
     
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    I think you can tell a child just about anything, but it depends on "how" you tell them and it depends on what you say. I think you can explain all the basic details to even a 4 year old, but do so in a matter of fact way on the child's level, of course. Keep the anger out of your voice because the child will pick up on that and that, in itself, can be disturbing to a young child.

    Even young children see bad, violent things happen on TV or know that bad things happen, so you could just tell them that some bad and violent people did some bad, violent things to us when we were in Africa and they stole some of our ancestors, brought them here, and made them do hard work from sunrise to sunset and so on.
     
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    I think the best time is when the school starts teaching about american history. You can fill in the blanks, and tell your children how Black people lived, survived and were treated. There's no sense in confusing your child at a young age. I'd say around 5th-6th grade.
     
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    According to

    http://www.cbmnational.org/news/con...erly-oliver-2006-national-teacher-of-the-year

    Congradulations to her (ancestors, parents, etc) and to black colleges that help shape fine people.

    Who I saw on an interview, states that from infancy to 5 years of age is when a child learns the most in life. This would be high time to instill principles in a child life that at some point in one's life these principles will be something to lay hold of.

    One of them maybe the history and the struggle we have within this nation.

    Not just reading but demonstrating in some way also.

    Children love to IMITATE.

    Trouble with this is that it depends on the parent, communities, and their VALUES.
     
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    you discuss it while the child is in the womb...
     
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    My son is five and I started this year. He already has been learning about his heritage. We in the NY metro area and attend all the cultural events. This year we were supposed to go the the MAAFA event http://www.themaafa.com/ but unfortunately missed it. But I had already began exposing him to concepts and information that would help him understand his experience. He will definitely be ready next year. Its funny sometimes I wonder how much he is absorbing and processing, but today at his science enrichment class he told the "scientist/teacher" all about George Washington Carver. Of course as he began the "scientist/teacher" started to shush him and correct him as he thought he was mistaking George Washington with "someone else". But I was pretty impressed that he persisted and made his point.
     
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    i've started with my children soon as they able to understand
    basicly at 6 yrs of age and i asure them the best teaching of
    this will come from home / family and elders in the family and to ask
    any question they may have so we can root it out .
     
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    We had a History before Slavery

    I hope you're joking but I fear you're not. Why on Earth should we be filling the minds of our children with this all pervasive catastrophic HOLOCAUST?

    I like to remind people that nearly 20 years ago the White South African’s Apartheid regime sent their army into Angola to help Jonas Savimbi's [a truly treacherous Whiteman's stooge] UNITA topple the MPLA. They ended up completely surrounded by the MPLA and the Cuban expeditionary Army.

    Their defeat [did you KNOW about this?] was so complete that the Afrikaners [Nazis] governing South Africa had no option about freeing Namibia [which had been their protectorate] and dismantling formal Apartheid [it is now informal and socio-economic like the USA and the rest of the Diaspora] within South Africa [which is why the West will never forgive Castro] or have over 60% their army put to the sword.

    These FACTS are never even admitted to or mentioned in the West [defeat saps morale and generates trauma] whereas we constantly review and highlight the African HOLOCAUST of the last 500 years because we seem to be cultivating our sado-masochistic tendencies.


    Anyone who genuinely believes they are not programmed
    is graphically illustrating that their programming is COMPLETE
    [HASTY my alter ego]!​
     
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