A.J.’s experience growing up in Atlanta has been filled with amazing adventures. We’ve visited Disney on Ice at Phillips Arena, Olympic Centennial Park, the Atlanta History Center, the Georgia Aquarium and Zoo Atlanta to name a few. Everywhere we go our son sees diversity – people who look like him and people who don’t. His love of languages was sparked earlier this year when he noticed Chinese letters on a prehistoric display at the Atlanta airport.
As amazing as these experiences have been, I know he won’t stay three years old forever. He won’t always been surrounded by people who think he’s cute. Some day someone will see him and cross to the other side of the street because of the color of his skin.
We’ve also visited Ebenezer Baptist Church in the Sweet Auburn neighborhood where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born, raised and preached. I’d like to take him back there. I’ll share with A.J. how his grandparents lived through the civil rights era. They had to overcome discrimination that we couldn’t imagine.
Even at his age, A.J. has overheard conversations about race and discrimination on the news. I did my best to brush it off and only say as much as a toddler could understand what’s fair and what’s not. When the time comes, my husband and I will have to sit down and explain to him that people will say and do hurtful things to him because of his color. I pray that he makes the best decisions to ignore their ignorance and forgive.
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