Mariah Carey reads passages from her own book The Meaning of Mariah Carey to her children. In conversation with Andy Cohen on the talk show Watch What Happens Live , she says that she mainly wants to teach them about racism.

“I read them chapters to explain my experiences with racism,” Carey said. “This will help them to better understand what racism is and how to deal with it when they are confronted with it,” said the singer about her nine-year-old twins Monroe and Moroccan, who she got with ex-husband Nick Cannon.

According to Carey, her son also recently faced racism. “He was bullied by a racist who he first thought was a friend. It’s insane. This is the world we live in.”

Carey, daughter of a father of African American and Afro-Venezuelan background and a mother of Irish descent, tells in The Meaning of Mariah Carey about the racism she experienced from an early age. “I was aware of it at such a young age because I was humiliated with it,” says the singer.

Carey writes in the book about an incident where she was bullied by a group of girls she considered friends. “I read it to my daughter Monroe. She said, ‘Mommy, those girls are sorry about that now. I’m sure they’d like to be your girlfriend now.’

The singer released her memoirs earlier this month. The album The Rarities was also released, which contains previously unreleased songs from different periods in her career.