‘Mom, is it bad to be brown and Jewish?’: how to talk to your children about race

Since Trumps rise to power, writer Mira Jacob has faced increasingly difficult questions from her young son It started with Michael Jackson. It was 2014, and Mira Jacobs six-year-old son Z had moved on from being obsessed with Freddie Mercury (He demanded fake moustaches for a solid year), to being obsessed with Jackson. He knew all the moves and was never without a fedora. So my husband and I, thinking we were geniuses, got him all the albums, Jacob explains. The problem is, when you give a mixed-race kid albums from the trajectory of Michael Jacksons career, he gets really puzzled. And so the questions started: What colour was Jackson? How did he turn white? Why did he want to …