White people across the United States have spent the past several months waking up to a reality that people of color have long since known: Systemic racism is still a daily reality, white supremacists are feeling increasingly emboldened, and white people are inherently privileged. As adults, many of us are finally trying to play catch-up by talking with each other about these issues and educating ourselves on how to be not just “not racist,” but anti-racist . But we shouldn’t just be talking with other adults about these issues; white parents also need to be talking with their white children about their privilege. Why the conversation needs to happen Dr. Erin Pahlke, an associate professor of psychology at Whitman College , tells me something many of us already know: Too many white parents take on a “colorblind” ideology. That is, if we don’t talk to our kids about race, the kids won’t notice differences in race, and therefore they will grow up to be unbiased adults. The problem with this is that children do notice race from an early age and they’re making their own inferences about race based on what they see around them. And families of other races are having these conversations, even if white families aren’t. “We know that particularly in African-American families, folks are talking to children about race and about discrimination and preparation for discrimination and things like that,” says Pahlke, whose research focuses on how children and adolescents form their views of race […]