Okay, so we disagree about where interracial relationships start. But once they get going, get married, have kids, what then? Do you talk to them about race? About racism? Do you let them know that there is racism in the world in general? Do you warn them that they might be subject to it themselves?
Some parents (often, but not always white parents) feel that multiracial children shouldn't be saddled with a previous generation's hangups. Just raise 'em to be color blind and they will save the world. Other parents (often, but not always, parents of color) feel that racism won't be "over" for awhile, and their children should be prepared for whatever comes, so that they don't get hurt or can minimize the damage. Even when parents agree on the principle, though, there's also the question of when and how to talk to a child about racism.
So what do you think? Should Asian Americans be actively preparing their multiracial children to encounter racism? Will multiracial Asian Americans born after the millenium encounter racism? Does this depend upon what kind of mix they are? (e.g.: do white/Asian multiracials have a fair chance of not seeing racism, while black/Asian multiracials don't? etc.) The world is changing awfully fast, so if these children do encounter racism, what kind of racism will it be? Will we be able to recognize it when it comes? And how do we talk to millenial multiracials about racism? How do we prepare them for a world we can't foresee, but know might be dangerous to them?
As usual, there will be no name-calling, insults, personal attacks, cursing, straw men arguments, or excessive passion on this thread. Please try to stick to your own experience and do not stereotype about the experience of others. I will keep personal attacks away, but please be aware that when you make your personal experience public on this forum, other people will read and respond to it analytically, and that is to be expected (within reasonable limits.)
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