My 13-year-old daughter was not as interested as I imagined she would be. She’s aware of the history of slavery in the U.S., of course, but in a very general, vague sort of way. She hasn’t studied the Civil War, segregation or the civil rights movement in school yet. As a result, the inauguration of our first black president really wasn’t that impressive for her.
I was a little worried about that at first. But then I realized that it’s probably a good thing that our having a black president is no big deal from her perspective. That’s how prejudice is overcome-by people who see no reason for it.