Recently, the Girl Scouts have told its membership that taking an approach of color blindness to life essentially just “perpetuates racism,” and parents must start having talks with their daughters about race and racism “regularly” in order to try and counterbalance this narrative.
The group released an entire online resource to be used by the parents that is designed to help their kids “take action against racism.” Quite a bit of the data and included resources cited in the articles are inspired by “anti-racism” and critical race theory. The information is directly aimed at encouraging white parents to take with their daughters about confront their privilege.
“While we should be having conversations about race and racism regularly, checking in with your girl is crucial when racist violence claims lives and sparks widespread protest, grief, and unrest around the nation,” states the article. “Having honest discussions about race is important for all families, and it’s vital to have them on a regular basis, even if you find it uncomfortable or you think your kids already know about racism and understand right from wrong.”
“Saying ‘we’re all the same’ or ‘I don’t see color’ might be well-intentioned, but it perpetuates racism because it disregards part of people’s identities,” the online source continues. “Plus, saying everyone is the same implies that everyone has the same experiences and is treated the same in our society — which statistics and the everyday discrimination faced by Black people and other people of color show isn’t the case.”
The white Girl Scouts were encouraged to examine the power structures within their neighborhood and school in order to determine their privilege and start to understand racism.
“It’s also important to look at how your girl’s life is structured and lived every day,” read the information source. “Who does she see in her neighborhood, at school, and in positions of power around her?”
The guide issued by the Girl Scouts also makes the claim that parents who are feeling “uncomfortable” in partaking in conversations about race may just be perpetuating unfair “justice, health, and education systems.”
“It may be tempting to avoid the topic of race and racism altogether — especially for those who were taught it’s something that isn’t polite to discuss — but statistics show that justice, health, and education systems aren’t fair in basic ways that can negatively affect a girl’s life on a foundational level,” reads the article.
The guide seemed to cite data that claimed that young children can show a “bias toward whiteness.” it also suggested ways to curtail this bias by making children play with diverse toys and forcing them to watch diverse televisions shows.