My children can be badly behaved

Erin Seaton,
West Newbury, MA.

I have two great kids. They are smart and kind and thoughtful and sometimes they also fall apart. We are white, and one thing I am constantly conscious of is the fact that when my children do fall apart, in a doctor’s office or library or restaurant, no one is judging them or me because of my race. I can fall apart or get frustrated or upset, too. And most of the time, people are often empathetic. White privilege means that you have to walk through the world acutely aware that you are given such liberty and leniency because of the color of your skin. It’s your responsibility to walk humbly when you carry this knowledge and to be very careful to grant others equal compassion.

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