Through a playful game of dress-up, a Michigan mom is teaching her 5-year-old daughter about prominent Black figures in American history.
Taylor Trotter takes a picture of Paisley on a daily basis dressed up as a Black pioneer, posts a side-by-side profile on Facebook, and adds a caption explaining the person’s impact. At the end of the year, she compiles the images into a book for her daughter to look back on. She’s been doing this for the past three years.
For this year’s Black History Month, Paisley has dressed up as Kamala Harris, Serena Williams, Kamala Harris, Jackie Robinson, and other influential figures in history.
Trotter got the idea from taking a child psychology class at school. She learned the adversity children from biracial backgrounds face in life. In addition, Trotter revealed that the class helped her acknowledge how biracial children struggle to find a sense of identify with a particular ethnic group.
“I knew I had to make a conscientious effort to teach her about the Black side of her and the Black history,” she said. “And I want this to help her become confident in loving who she is.
As they prepared for their yearly tradition, Trotter wanted to shine a light on the Black lives lost to police brutality. Dating back to the 1970s, she wanted to pay tribute to 10 individuals.
“I’m just trying to bring awareness that this is a systemic problem and people are passing this hatred in their hearts down from generation to generation,” Trotter said.
Trotter revealed to CNN that it’s important for her daughter to learn about the systematic racism in this country.
“Racism doesn’t have an age, so kids are never too young to learn about it,” she said. “I don’t want to send her into the world blindsided to the fact that people may treat her differently just because of the way she looks.”
By having a biracial daughter, Trotter shared that it has expanded her way of thinking.
“These aren’t necessarily things that I’ve had to think about before,” she said. “It’s helped me as a mom and I feel like I’m doing my part in educating my daughter and creating change.”
The collection of Black History month posts can be found on their Facebook page.