Very young children notice racial and cultural diversity. They see difference among people and seek to place those differences into cognitive categories. So the sooner we can note difference, celebrate it, and name God’s goodness in our difference, the sooner children will start building their foundation of seeing all kinds of people in the image of God, the core of Christian anti-racist theological ethics.
A culture is the habits, beliefs, and traditions of a particular group of people. This might include the language they speak or the style of art they make.
When we spend time with people who share our culture, we may think everyone speaks the way we do or eats the kind of food we eat or greets people the way we do. Sometimes it isn’t until we meet someone from another culture that we notice our own!
Questions about others’ differences are a great opportunity to explore difference without placing a value judgment. Notice diversity with your child, and wonder together how others see and experience the world.
This week talk together about your family history and culture. Use a computer at home or at the library to look up the ethnic background of your family name. If this name doesn’t accurately represent your family lineage, explore why that might be. Many indigenous people or people of African descent have anglicized names that were assigned to them, and that, too, is part of your racial and cultural story.