What Should my Eight-Year Old Granddaughter Learn About White People?, 9 August 2007, Huffington Post, New York, New York I was just talking to my daughter today about some issues she has of where to place my eight-year-old granddaughter in school. With what are recognized as some of the worst public schools in the country nearby, my daughter Nandi is interested in placing her daughter, Ellise, in a private school, and by going back to work as an engineer, she should have the means to do so.
All of her life Ellise has been home-schooled and recently included in a private home-based school run by her mother. She has no sense of her own intellectual or academic limitations. She has no sense of anyone in the world being better than she is in any way. Anything she doesn’t know, she feels that she can learn. She would have no problem interacting with anyone as an equal, but she knows no superiors.
It causes me to wonder: What is it that my eight-year-old granddaughter needs to learn about white people? She found out quickly that some would try to boss you around. But she has never learned that it is OK for them to do so, and that is a lesson that I don’t want her to ever learn.
Right now, I’m not worried about how well she will function in a diverse world.
posted by Valerie