Yeah, it is a sad day. However, as a society/nation, how do we teach history without revealing the truth of race.
I'm in an interracial marriage (19 years - I'm black and wife is white.) I have a 7 year old. She learned about slavery this year. She asked me the following question: "Dad, if slavery were happening today, would you and I be slaves?"
What do you say? I told her that "it depended on where we lived". In some areas of the country, we would not be considered slaves. We would be normal citizens like we are now.
That was the best that I could do.
I remember when I first saw "Roots". I was in first grade or second. I was furious and wanted to beat up all my white friends. My mom and dad talked to me about the differences between history and the present. They told me that things were different now and that we should "love and treat others as we wanted to be treated" and not to judge by race.
Plus, all my friends were awesome. How could I stay angry?
I'm one of those black kids that grew up in mostly white communities and society. With a few minor exceptions, my peers treated me no different than they treated each other.