As our children get older, the questions get more difficult — like my 6-year-old nephew asking why most of the baggage handlers and security guards at the airport were black, while most of the people working at the airline counter were white.
I hope that I will have the courage as a parent, not just to answer these questions, but to get out in front of them by having my own version of “the talk” with my daughter. Until we can all — white parents, too — talk about race openly and without shame, it’s tough to imagine how King’s dream will ever become reality.
Emily F. Popek is assistant editor of The Daily Star. She can be reached at 432-1000, ext. 217, or email@example.com.