Sumary of Not a day passes without thinking about race: what African migrants told us about parenting in Australia:
- We interviewed 27 highly skilled professional African migrants from eight different Sub-Saharan African countries about their experiences of employment, belonging and parenting in Australia..
- Parents of Black African children told us they had to consider how race affected the identity, perception, opportunities and well-being of their children..
- Then, she said, ‘Every day when I get on to the bus, you know, I think about who I am and if somebody is going to say something, when I am on the streets, you know, I think about what will somebody think or say or do.’ Parents of Black African children report having to consider how race affected the identity, perception, opportunities and well-being of their children..
- [We teach them] being different does not mean being inferior or anything like that […] we talk to them to be confident about who they are and to be proud about where they have come from and their African heritage..
- And we have taken that up very quickly with the school authorities (but) we have (also) tried to tell him in a soft way […] being African doesn’t make him inferior..
- This process of teaching children about race and racism while also sharing positive cultural knowledge, concepts racial dignity and resilience is called racial socialisation..
- Shutterstock However, despite the efforts to instil a sense of pride about their African heritage in their children, many parents also encouraged their children to “curate or minimise”…