How to Talk to Kids About White Privilege

“Mommy, who is that?”

My preschooler asked me this last May when he noticed me staring at Ahmaud Arbery’s headshot in my Instagram feed. I froze up.

I thought, how do I even begin to explain to him that this young Black man was killed by white men in broad daylight while he was jogging?

Close to tears, I fumbled my way through an answer, which went something like, “This is Ahmaud. He loved to run. Some men hurt him because his skin was darker than theirs. It was a very bad thing to do. And it makes me feel angry and scared.