When my daughter was in first grade, she had her first encounter with hate. They were doing an exercise to help the children develop their reading and writing skills. Each day, the students would take turns writing whatever they liked on a giant notepad in front of the class. Obviously the spelling and grammar was less than perfect so they would then “read” what they had written and make corrections together as a class. On this particular day, a little girl had her turn at the board. She finished her writing and turned to the class and said, “My mom and dad said I can’t be friends with Autumn anymore because she is white.” My then six year old started to cry. The girls went to the office but this momma wasn’t made aware until my daughter came home and told me herself, (that’s another story in itself).
I can still remember the tears in her eyes when she told her daddy & I what had happened. She was clueless as to why this little girl who had been one of her best friends would say something so hurtful. Both girls were terrified going into the office. After all, the little girl simply repeated what her parents told her.
The best explanation we could give our daughter was that the other girls parents were wrong. We shared with her that the Bible says we are to love one another with no restrictions based on the color of our skin.
Even now my heart breaks for children who are being taught to hate for no other reason than someone’s skin tone. We are all made in the image of God therefore we are of one race. As Galatians 3:28 says, discrimination in any form is wrong because “there is neither Jew nor Gentile, slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Jesus Christ.” You can’t argue with ignorance but you can educate against it. Teach your children to love without limitations as Christ loves us. If you were raised with hate in your heart, it’s never too late to abandon your old ways. Embrace the truth that if Jesus died for us all, who are we to determine that one is better than another based on ethnicity?