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Honors Papers 2021-22

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Gay 1 William Gay Ms. Nelson and Ms. White Biosocial Ethics and Motives 23 September 2020 Education of the Next Generation: Don't "E-race" Race; "Emb-race" It Race is one of the key dividers in society, and it affects everyone. These divides are uncomfortable to talk about, and they often result in white silence. White parents have to choose whether they want to educate their children about race or if they want to keep quiet. Parents take different stances on educating their children about race: they may educate their children from a young age about racial differences to provide an understanding about race that allows their child to understand social divides; they may not educate their children because they feel that, if they show their child racial divides, the child will form biases; they may not educate their child because they believe it would upset them; they may not educate about race because they don't think it's important or it sheds a bad light on America; or they may do something in between some of these approaches. If parents do decide to educate about race, they have to decide when in the child's life they want to do that. Today, protests on police brutality bring racial problems to light, which forces parents to decide when or if they want to educate their child. Before, systemic racism wasn't as blaring to white parents as it is now, so they didn't necessarily have to take a solid stance; all of this is out the window now. Parents today must decide: should their children be educated about race? The stakeholders here are the white parents and children and non-white parents and children.

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