I'm not talking about discussions of how different cultures have different traditions, and holidays, etc.
I'm more interested in the idea of white, black or Asian people, which are obviously highly integrated concepts in most (American) adults, but which don't seem to come up much as a concept these days for young kids (probably a good sign).
I'm not so naive as to think we live in a "post racial" society, but I'm lucky enough to live somewhere with a highly diverse, very integrated population.
I want to ensure my kids get exposed to healthy perspectives on predudice, diversity, etc. And I've been told that even today, kids eventually all generally become aware of historically relevant distinctions, and it's a good idea to expose them in an environment where you have the chance ensure the focus is on the benefits of difference in background, etc.
On the other hand, I sort of feel like the idea of "white people," "Asain people," etc. is one it's silly to teach or emphasize before it comes up an issue. But I'm hesitant to wait until after it potentially comes up in a negative context outside of the home.
Are there any studies or best practices that are recent enough to be relevant in today's increasingly integrated world?