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Charlottesville: Parents Must Bring Kids Back to Values that Unite Us as Americans

Charlottesville: Parents Must Bring Kids Back to Values that Unite Us as Americans

By Rachel Campos-Duffy | Fox News Opinion

If you have kids and a television in your house, you probably got asked a lot of difficult questions about the events in Charlottesville this past weekend. Why are those people fighting? Why is everyone so angry? Why do people want to pull down statues? Is the president a racist?

My husband and I have never shied away from discussing difficult topics with our kids. From sex, to terrorism, to abortion, to immigration, and, yes, America’s history of slavery and racial discrimination. And, as the disturbing images of people beating each other with baseball bats flashed across our television and cell phones, we answered their questions about white supremacy, the KKK and antifa.

We talked about freedom of speech, even hateful speech. We discussed the South’s complicated history and the merits and drawbacks of taking down statues dealing with the Confederate era.  We talked about why the descendants of slaves could be rightfully offended by certain monuments and whether communities should come together to peacefully determine their fate or allow an angry mob to decide.

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