Kourtney Kardashian is doing her part as a mother to ensure her children know their place in the world, including the privileges they’ll inherit as white and wealthy kids in the years to come.
While discussing national unrest over the killing of Minnesota man George Floyd, the eldest Kardashian sister, 41, took to Twitter to share how the news has changed her perspective, both as a mom and as an aunt to several nieces and nephews of color.
“As a mother, there is a natural instinct to protect my children from anything that might make them feel sad or unsafe,” she began on Instagram. “The pain and suffering inflicted by racism is not a thing of the past and I bare the responsibility to speak with my kids honestly and often about it, even when the truth is uncomfortable. I have to make sure they understand what it means to have white privilege and to take the time to learn and discuss Black History, beyond just one short month out of the year.
“I encourage other mothers to join me in using this as a learning lesson for our children, to allow our children to feel comfortable enough to come talk to us about anything,” the mother of three continued. “Allow conversation without judgement, and learn from our children too. We don’t know it all. My children sometimes ask questions that I may not know the answers to, so we explore them together. I’ve felt like I’ve always been on the right side of this, but I have a lot to learn and want to educate myself even more, so that I can be a better mother, a better auntie to my nieces and nephews, a better friend, and a better person.”
Kardashian shares sons Reign Aston, 5, and Mason Dash, 10, plus daughter Penelope Scotland, 7, with ex Scott Disick.