Teaching Children Racism


Dear MissX:

Greetings. This makes me sick…what is he thinking? This will change and taint this child’s well being long term.

No, there is no law against racism or teaching the same to a child. However, if the court learned of this, I am sure that it would change the custodial pattern significantly. One other solution is mandatory counseling for the child and parent. Thank you.

Janet L. Fritts
Attorney with Rosen Law Firm

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Are there any laws in effect that would punish or reprimand a parent for teaching their child racism and discrimation? I’ve recently discovered my ex-husband and his new girlfriend are teaching my step-daughter that African Americans and Hispanics have “dirty skin” and are not to be associated with. Their teachings were exhibited by my step-daughter when she refused to play with or even talk to her bi-racial cousin, who’s only 4 and couldn’t understand why her cousin suddenly decided not to love her anymore. When asked why she behaved like that, she responded with “Daddy said she’s dirty because she’s not white.” My step-daughter is only 10 and has lived solely with her father since our divorce and the only contact I have with her is via phone since we now live in separate states. Is there anything that can be done to prevent further brainwashing and get my step-daughter back to being the open-minded and accepting innocent little girl she used to be?