When my niece was four years old, my sister chose to enroll her in a private school because of its foreign language immersion. She was the only child of color in the Pre-K class and through the first grade only two others joined the classroom. She was always friendly yet often was told by whatever given little girl on the playground that they weren’t going to play with her because her hair was different or her skin was brown. I decided, after yet one more incident that I would write a book for children about the color brown. I Like Brown was born. This book for the young and not so young discussing race in a way that all can understand. A must have for every parent and teacher everywhere.
As a former corporate facilitator of diversity training, I believe that in order to affect change in the paradigm of racism, one must approach the subject boldly and on all age, gender and class levels.
The biggest success of all? My niece, who I watched as she felt diminished and hurt by the treatment she experienced from her peers. . What made her happiest was that I created a book that spoke on her behalf. I actually witnessed some of the treatment she experienced. When I wrote this book, she totally got it and understood that first, the color of skin is a unique factor that does not make her better or worse than anyone else, and second, her skin color does not define her.