Some months ago, in September 2019, a white Seattle director and colleague, Julie Bisson, contacted me about interviewing one of her teachers, Alea Fry, also a white woman, who had a challenging situation erupt between two playmates in her preschool classroom: a white child excitedly and repeatedly announced in front of an African American playmate that “Donald Trump does not like brown and black people,” which was, needless to say, very traumatic for the dark-skinned child. I met with Julie and Alea to review Alea’s documentation and the overall anti-bias work the center was doing with staff, children and families. From my notes of our conversation, I drafted an article and incorporated their further input and edits.

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