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Don't ignore your implicit biases.
Despite best efforts, there are bound to be some nuances about moving through the world as a person of a particular race that you will not be privy to if you haven't experienced it. Ali urges parents to examine their "implicit biases" about how race functions in the world in order to learn about how things may be different for their child.
"Push away the implicit bias, push away the privileged piece, and just really look at everything. Once they learn that, it'll be easier for them to educate themselves. If they have a loving and nurturing relationship with their kids, it won't be hard for them," Ali says.
One pertinent example is preparing children, especially children of color, for the ways they might encounter racism or differential treatment in the world. She shared an anecdote about a black teenage boy raised by a white father who never thought to talk to him about how to engage with law enforcement until he had a frightening encounter with a police officer.
"He didn't know that he had to give him the talk. In that moment, it didn't matter that his dad was a lawyer," Ali said. It's important for parents to educate themselves so they can prepare their children for what they might encounter in the world.
"Your child will be perceived as a black person. If you don't teach them, they will automatically think 'I can behave the same as my white friends.' It's sad, and maybe one day 'the talk' won't be necessary, but we know that right now it's very relevant," Ali said.
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