Raising children in a world where racism is a constant undercurrent can be challenging. Parents often struggle with how to talk to their children about race and how to help them navigate racist experiences. One aspect of this challenge is understanding the different ways in which children respond to racism.
Being a transracial adoptive parent is a responsibility and privilege, and your Black children need to see and believe that you value the community and culture of people who share their racial, cultural, and ethnic history. By following the suggested actions, you can build meaningful relationships based on mutual respect and understanding.
Cross-cultural fluency is not about your need to be like someone else. It is an awareness, exploration, valuing, honoring, and managing the differences between you. Engaging with the Black community and learning to appreciate, affirm, and value Black culture does not require you to turn in your "white card."