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Tia Mowry-Hardrict Says Parents Have Duty to Teach Kids to Be ‘Anti-Racist’

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Cory Hardrict and Tia Mowry-Hardrict (Getty)

*Tia Mowry-Hardrict says parents should be teaching their children about “different cultures” starting “at a young age.”

On Tuesday’s premiere episode of the Dear Media podcast Being Bümo, the mother of two opens up to host Chriselle Lim about the responsibility that parents have to talk to their children about being anti-racist. 

“It starts at home,” she said. “What people have to understand is this behavior is learned, so it’s about communication. It’s about bringing awareness. It’s about sharing stories. It’s about teaching your child about different cultures, at home, at a young age.”

The actress added, “I think what’s important, and how you can be anti-racist, is not running away from the problem and saying, ‘Oh, gosh, you know what? This is a little much. I’m not even gonna talk to my child about this.’ No, I think we all should have this conversation,” she adds.

READ MORE: Tia Mowry Recalls Discrimination She Faced as Teen Star: ‘I Wish I Would Have Spoken Up’


She went on to encourage parents to embrace “communicating and talking to your child and knowing that you have that responsibility — it’s your responsibility — instead of putting that responsibility on other people. So not waiting for someone else to have that conversation with your child.”

 

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SOUND ON You guys!!! The first episode of @beingbumo (yes, also launched a new IG for it too!) just dropped and omg I was almost in tears when speaking with the one & only @tiamowry ! I met her a few months back ( we were speaking on a panel together) and I instantly knew we had to be friends! Her light, positivity, & grace is just contagious. Her positivity is what we need in a time like this! With that said I knew I had to have her as my first guest on my podcast! Tia opens up and shares with me her personal struggles these past few months and the emotional rollercoaster she has been on during these times. She also talks about dealing with working mom guilt, managing screen time in her household, and how we can raise truly inclusive anti-racist kids. This episode will leave you feeling truly inspired & hopeful. Listen and subscribe!! Let me know what you thought of the first episode!!! LINK IN BIO #BeingBümo ❤️ @bumoparent @dearmediastudio

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Mowry-Hardrict says she is reading books to her children – daughter Cairo Tiahna, 2, and son Cree Taylor, 9, about “pivotal people that had a huge impact within the movement,” such as Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr.

“You can even do it through clothes — expressing yourself through fashion,” Mowry-Hardrict shares. “Getting them dressed, you’re having a conversation about it.”

“The other thing is through television, especially during this time,” she continues. “I was just having my children watch a whole bunch of [things] that starred a lot of African American actors, and one of them is [The] Wiz. You had Michael Jackson, Diana Ross. It was just such a great story. And my son … he loved it, [and] it’s important.”

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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