10 Year Old Discusses Selma, Christopher Columbus and Race

Angela & Eridon

10 year old Eridon, an aspiring Radical Brownie, caught my attention at a #BlackLivesMatter event in Seattle. As the only child in the audience, she courageously posed questions for the powerful panel of Black scholars and activists. Eridon’s mother is a transracial adoptee of the 60’s which has undoubtedly provided fodder for her young, inquisitive mind in learning about race relations in the United States.

For this installment of The Adopted Life, I’ve chosen to interview Eridon (Because of my readership audience, It should be clearly noted that Eridon is not an adoptee). Watch our conversation here:

Personal note: Ava Duvernay’s film; Selma, has expanded the minds of our youth (like Eridon). I’d argue that this means way more than an Oscar! Please share the heck out of this video so that Ms. Duvernay can know the impacts of her work.

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3 thoughts on “10 Year Old Discusses Selma, Christopher Columbus and Race

  1. I think it’s true, as Eridon points out, that developmental age is very important in hope we frame these discussions. It can be too traumatic to see violence before one feels safe as an individual, which sense develops during early childhood. I would also like to hear more in the blog or in replies here about how white parents and black parents talk to their children about racism, and how we can get on the same page about that in our efforts to make a difference as “one person with many other persons,” as Eridon puts it so brilliantly.


  2. Hello,
    for many years, europe have a preconception, that Americans are ignorant s because they just know about America… I never understood that…
    I’m Portuguese and we have the word “dis-colonization” and, we study in high school the bad and the good of the discovers and the bad of colonization. So, when we speak with someone with a discrimination attitude we know that it is not because of ignorance: we know that information is there but that person decided to be the way it is….what its quite good because straight away we know that person is racist…so actually goes to a deep level of social behaviour…sorry about my English. And thanks for your wonderful work….because we just need to converse and converse and share about abuse and discrimination in all types and levels. Thanks.

    P.S have a wonderful Brazilian soap from the 70s (and now a re-made) call “Gabriela” and talks about colonization. I don’t know if we can find with English subtitles. But that soaps and others were made by wonderful actors and with authenticity.


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