The messages young black children get from this society as it relates to their color is inherently damaging to their self-esteem, self-respect and self-worth. This is nothing new. We know this to be true. Remember how you first discovered racism in your life. Recall how it made you feel to discover that society put you inside of a filthy black box and told you that you belonged there, that black was bad and by proxy, you're bad. Remember how all of a sudden you weren't allowed to speak of it while it continued to occur. Finally, recall how you watched as this system turned itself in on you and made you the cause of it. That is racism/white supremacy.
There would be no need for differentiations by color if not for the codified system of racism and white supremacy. In a country, in a world where young black children are not taught how to counter racism and white supremacy, it is vitally important that we grownups educate our children so that they become thinking persons and not simply reactionaries to the system. Reaction to hatred and oppression is violence and anger. Thinking people do not have time for hate or violence; no desire for destruction. Thinking people solve problems.
Therefore, it is imperative that we begin to talk to our children about their brown shades in the color spectrum within the system of racism. Teach them about melanin; what it is meant to be of color. Explain to them why they are called "black," even though their skin might as light as cream or as dark as coffee, or a hue in between.
Educate these young minds on what the word nigger, nigga, nig or other forms of the word means. Help them to evaluate those meanings and contextual usage. Let them know that it does have a significant meaning within the system of racism to those individuals who pay millions of dollars to other people who make music, TV, movies and other forms of propaganda with that word and call it entertainment. Teach them that the word has enormous subliminal power that can destroy a soul and should not be used, condoned or celebrated.
Help them to understand that how the society sees them is NOT who they are. Let them know that we will no longer treat them in the way that society taught us, that they have value and we will treat them with the respect and love they deserve as human beings. Teach them how to define themselves in terms of their color for their good so that they can navigate through the system of racism they were born into with respect and love for themselves.