Talking About Race With Your Children

Talking About Race With Your Children
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To the Editor:

Re “Can I Befriend White People?,” by Ekow N. Yankah (Sunday Review, Nov. 12):

I was depressed by reading Mr. Yankah’s experience as he faces the necessity of explaining to his 4-year-old son that he can’t be friends with whomever he chooses — that he must be suspicious and distrustful of white people if he wants to survive physically, emotionally and economically.

Yes, the haters have always been out there, but it seems that latent hostility has been unleashed among people who do not view themselves as racist — as Mr. Yankah puts it, the “good” Trump voters.

My heartfelt apology goes out to Mr. Yankah’s son, along with my hope that after this brush with cynicism and gloom, the pendulum will swing back to the American values that make this country unique.

CAROL KRAINES, DEERFIELD, ILL.

To the Editor:

Having worked in the Deep South in the late 1960s to advance racial equality, I was deeply saddened by Ekow N. Yankah’s article, especially from a fellow university professor.

In the midst of the racial violence in Alabama so many years ago, we dreamed of a time when parents no longer taught their children to ascribe characteristics across entire human groups, whether racial, ethnic or religious.

In today’s America, it’s obvious that the struggle is not yet over, but I find it particularly painful that it must also be waged in the hallowed halls of academia.

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