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Sep 04, 2020
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Official Chinese TV Network Offers Advice On Educating Children About Racism, Chimes In On America's Race Debate: Being 'Not Racist' Is Not Enough; You Should Be Anti-Racist

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Source: CGTN Network (China)

On September 4, 2020, CGTN Network (China) aired a short English-language cartoon titled "How to Teach Your Kids about Race and Racism." The narrator said that racism is passed down from generation to generation and that parents should use daily life and examples from the news to explain that racism is unfair. The cartoon depicted a police officer kneeling on George Floyd's neck, and showed a father explaining to his son that some police officers have made bad choices because of the color of other people's skin. Another parent was shown explaining that because some people "aren't fair," black people have fewer opportunities and are less affluent than others. In addition, the narrator encouraged parents to show their kids shows and movies about foreign cultures, and gave the examples of Nelson Mandela, Native American warrior Crazy Horse, and Bruce Lee. She concluded that being "not racist" only maintains the status quo, and that being "anti-racist" is the way to bring about a brighter future.

Mother 1: "Racism is passed down from generation to generation. What can you do as parents to break this pattern? How can you teach your kids about race and racism? Here is some practical advice. Talk about it. You can use examples from daily life and the news."

Boy: "Mommy, that boy has brown skin."

Mother 2: "Everybody has something called melanin in their skin which makes us come in all different colors. But under the skin we are all the same. Isn't it wonderful that the world has so many different kinds of people?"

Mother 1: "It may be tempting to try to hide the news from kids but it's better to tackle things head-on."

Father: "There are things happening that are making us sad and angry. Unfortunately, some police made bad choices – because of the color of someone's skin."

Mother 1: "For children in elementary school, you can focus on fairness. It's an idea they can understand."

Mother 3: "Some people don't like other people just because of the color of their skin and it's not fair, because we're all the same underneath."

Mother 1: "As kids get older, you can add more details."

Father 2: "Because some people aren't fair, black people have gotten fewer opportunities than other people. So they have less money to buy food and take care of their needs. Black people also tend to get sick more often because they can't afford doctors or medicine. And black people are hurt by police officers at a higher rate than other people."

Mother 1: "When kids link race with value judgements, don't get angry and shut them down. Instead, probe to find out where these ideas are coming from."

Girl 1: "I only like princesses who look like Ariel, and I don't like Moana's brown hair and skin."

Mother 4: "That's interesting. Why do you think that?"

Mother 1: "You can also show your kids how racist ideas hurt people."

Boy 2: "You can't be Spider-man, you are black."

Mother 5: "Honey, how would you like it if that boy said you couldn't be Spider-man because you have blond hair? How would you feel?"

Mother 1: "Take at look at what your kids are watching and reading. Show them movies and TV shows about heroes from other cultures. Malala Yousafzai, who fights for girls' education in Pakistan, anti-apartheid fighter Nelson Mandela from South Africa, Native American warrior Crazy Horse, and Chinese martial arts hero Bruce Li. The list goes on. Unfortunately, most children's books and shows center around white characters. But some don't, if you make an effort to look for them. Lead by example and add diversity to different parts of your life. Take part in activities likely to have a diverse group of people. Remember, being 'not racist' just keeps things the way they are now. By being 'anti-racist,' you can help lead our children to a brighter future."

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