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How To Discuss Slavery With Your Children
When it comes to teaching our children about Black and African history, we of course want to uplift and educate them. Give them pride for being Black. Motivate them to being better. We discuss things like African empires, Black inventors, Civil Rights activists and inspirational celebrities and athletes. But, the one conversation that seems to take the back burner is how to discuss slavery with your children.
It can be very difficult to explain this crime towards African people to young children. After thinking long and hard about this, I came up with “The Baker & The Loaf Of Bread” analogy, to help discuss slavery with young children as well as older children.
But here is also some other ways to discuss slavery with children, to go along side this video.
Expand The “Stranger Danger” Discussion
If you child is old enough to understand the idea of “stranger danger,” than they’re old enough to understand the basic concept of slavery. In the most simple terms, you can compare slavery and the Middle Passage to being approached and taken by a stranger, away from your home and family, to a new and strange place. Now, this in no way tells the whole story of this important part of the disruption to African history, but it gets the conversation started and puts them in the mind set of understanding the trivial parts.
The Work And Well-Being Of Slaves
We know that enslaved Africans were viewed as sub-human savages, forced to work against their will, and beaten if they objected, but these lessons are too harsh to explain to a young child. One way to open up the dialogue with children is by explaining that enslaved Africans were forced to do very hard jobs, all day every day, without being paid. Children of most ages understand the idea of working for money, for shelter, etc, so the idea of forcing someone to work without some type of monetary compensation will be easy to relay to them. Once they understand that idea and want you to elaborate on it, a solid and informative dialogue can begin.
For Older Children, Analyze Present Day Slavery
Discuss with older children the crime of Human Trafficking as an example of how slavery is still going on today.
This might be the easiest way to open a dialogue with your children without bombarding them with too much information. Fortunately for us, there are quite a few books that are geared towards explaining slavery to children.
Books full of pictures are a great beginning to your child’s journey towards learning about slavery. I will add some authors to the Book section of the Black Money part of the site. (Black Money is the part of the site where we advertise Black owned businesses for free, so check that out for some great books for children).
While this in no way fully explains how deep you can get when you discuss slavery with your children, I hope that this video and these tips help you in some way. If you’ve created ways to explain slavery to your children, or children you know, please share with us in the comments below.
Just let you know that “The Baker & The Loaf Of Bread” will soon be available as a book and an animated video.