I'm Chocolate, You're Vanilla: Raising Healthy Black and Biracial Children in a Race-Conscious World

I'm Chocolate, You're Vanilla: Raising Healthy Black and Biracial Children in a Race-Conscious World

by Marguerite Wright

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This superb, rational, and highly readable volume answers a deeplyfelt need. Parents and educators alike have long struggled tounderstand what meanings race might have for the very young, andfor ways to insure that every child grows up with a healthy senseof self. Marguerite Wright handles sensitive issues with consummateclarity, practicality, and hope. Here we have an indispensableguide that will doubtless prove a classic.
—Edward Zigler, sterling professor of psychology and director,Yale Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy

A child's concept of race is quite different from that of an adult.Young children perceive skin color as magical—even changeable—andunlike adults, are incapable of understanding adult predjudicessurrounding race and racism. Just as children learn to walk andtalk, they likewise come to understand race in a series ofpredictable stages.

Based on Marguerite A. Wright's research and clinical experience,I'm Chocolate, You're Vanilla teaches us that the color-blindnessof early childhood can, and must, be taken advantage of in order toguide the positive development of a child's self-esteem.

Wright answers some fundamental questions about children and raceincluding:
* What do children know and understand about the color of theirskin?
* When do children understand the concept of race?
* Are there warning signs that a child is being adversely affectedby racial prejudice?
* How can adults avoid instilling in children their own negativeperceptions and prejudices?
* What can parents do to prepare their children to overcome theracism they are likely to encounter?
* How can schools lessen the impact of racism?
With wisdom and compassion, I'm Chocolate, You're Vanilla spellsout how to educate black and biracial children about race, whilepreserving their innate resilience and optimism—the birthright ofall children.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780787952341
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 05/22/2000
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 510,128
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

MARGUERITE WRIGHT is the senior clinical and research psychologist for the Center for the Vulnerable Child at Children's Hospital in Oakland, California. Wright lives with her husband and four children in Berkeley, California.

Table of Contents

THAT MAGICAL PLACE: RACE AWARENESS IN THE PRESCHOOL YEARS.

Chocolate and Vanilla: How Preschoolers See Color and Race.

How Preschoolers Begin to Learn Racial Attitudes.

When to Be Concerned That Race Is a Problem for Preschoolers.

Raising the Racially Healthy Preschooler.

THE WANING OF RACIAL INNOCENCE: THE EARLY SCHOOL YEARS.

Shades of Brown and Black: How Early Grade-Schoolers See Color andRace.

Black Children's Self-Esteem: The Real Deal.

How School Influences Children's Awareness of Color and Race.

REALITY BITES: RACE AWARENESS IN MIDDLE CHILDHOOD ANDADOLESCENCE.

Fading to Black and White: How Children in the Middle Years SeeRace.

How School Influences Older Children's Ideas About Race.

Preparing for Adolescence: The Lines are Drawn.

A Healthy High School Experience: You Can Make theDifference.

Epilogue.

Appendix: Stages of Race Awareness.

Notes.

About the Author.

Index.

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