The big R word. ugh... I have a very wealthy, gifted, and diverse 6th grade class made up of mostly Asian and African American kids, a few Latinos, and one white. Recently a father came to me to discuss some things that had been happening between his daughter (K) and another girl (J) in my class. Apparently, "J," an Asian girl, completely fabricated this story about why "K," couldn't come to her house. The girl told her that her mother was accosted by three black men and that her family has some bad feelings toward black people because of it. So, in reply to this story, K's mother went to talk to J's mother. J's mother proceeded to tell her that the entire story was a lie. There have been other incidents at school with J making racial comments about black people in general and about K specifically. Then yesterday, J made a few of her friends "Pinky Promise" that they would not be friends with K because she is black. K has been completely ostracized by most of the class as she is extremely gifted and black and most of the other gifted students are Asian and J is Asian. K's father (the one who came to talk to me) is the Ethnic Studies/multicultural professor at our local university. He wants me to incorporate something into my classroom but I don't know how to really dive into this issue. We brought up Jane Elliot and the Brown Eyes/Blue Eyes experiment she did with third graders. I thought this would be really powerful but I just don't know how to go about doing it with a class full of brown eyes. Does anyone teach about discrimination in their classroom? Are you aware of any fantastic curriculum or resources? Any advice would be greatly appreciated and thanks for getting to the bottom of this!