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Is it possible to teach Black kings and queens about race problems too early, or should it wait until their teens?
A person should be at least a teenager before confronting the race problem. They should learn the truth because they are more open-minded and better at taking in information. Moreover, teens can talk with each other about how they feel to understand the topic better.
Certainly, some children are great at learning and understanding fundamentals before hitting puberty. But, unfortunately, many young children are taught about how the world works and its cruelty, and while they seem to enjoy learning, some topics are beyond their comprehension.
Therefore, given a younger child’s inability to comprehend complicated race issues, it is reasonable to believe it would be best to teach the topic to teens when they are better equipped to handle the importance of their history.
Although, it is possible to envision a future where more Black children and young adults speaking about race relations, expressing themselves emotionally, and taking baby steps. It is possible to see Black kings and queens lifting each other up and build strong, successful communities for future generations.
People think they have been taught about the past, yet most are not satisfied with how Black history and literature are taught. Many people believe a great deal is not being discussed and wonder if what they are taught is a lie.
Black kings and queens should know their history and about the world around them. Some educators do a decent job teaching the past and introduce older students to history not traditionally taught. Moreover, teaching about Black history could change a person’s life, especially when they are teens. What they learn will help shape their future; 5 years from now, 10 years — for the rest of their lives.
Opinion by Anthony Ezeanyim
Edited by Cathy Milne-Ware
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