I am a huge fan of George Takei and absolutely love the way he has used his fame to speak out for equality for the LGBT community as well as to shine light on what happened to the Japanese Americans during WWII.
Fans of the original Star Trek know that this is nothing new for the cast and writers of the long-loved sci-fi. Star Trek has been the model of equality since its first airing, uniting all races of humans and aliens in a single star-ship and a common goal. Most notably, they cast a black woman to play the part of communications officer Lieutenant Uhura during a time when blacks were still fighting to end segregation in the south.
Years after the fact, we are all still talking about the first interracial kiss on television. Simply ground-breaking.
Those of us who want to raise children who are accepting and loving to all- regardless of race or sexual orientation- need to be mindful that we expose our children to television like Star Trek, shows where equality is valued.
Beyond exposure, role play can also be an invaluable tool in raising healthy, loving children. For this particular activity we used wooden clothes pegs and colored them to look like our favorite Star Trek characters.
The kids helped make a couple dolls and then we got to work. Or shall I say play.
While we played with the dolls, we discussed how every doll was just as wonderful and fun as every other. Whether they were blue or red, whether they liked vanilla ice cream or chocolate, all the dolls were equal in our play.
This post has been part of The ABCs of Raising Well-Rounded Geeklings series.