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Raising Kids Without Racism


More than a few people have thought that racism might eventually die out in our country.  But new racists are made all the time. 

Jennifer Harvey says we could bring up future generations of non-racist white children if we wanted to. But she says both current paradigms, color blindness and diversity training, are failures.

Harvey, a professor of religion and ethics at Drake University and a minister, proposes a new methhod of discussing race, especially for parents of white kids. She calls it Race-Conscious Parenting.  It's laid out in her book Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America.  The author joins us to talk about her work. 

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily talk show focused on news and interests across our region of Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the senior producer, Nash Bennett is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.