Empower your children to stand up for diversity. Children are not born with hate in them. It is taught to them. They do not cry out racial slurs on their own. They repeat them. They do not shun or bully those who appear different from themselves. They are naturally curious about them. It is only when parents and loved ones, some well-intentioned, but most not, step in and try to mandate who that child can associate with, designate what they can look like, and manipulate their belief system, that the child’s natural reaction to differences is skewed and altered. Don’t perpetuate bigotry. Openly work to prevent it. Children are the first line of defense in the fight.

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