I'm white, but I got my cat when my oldest was 6mo old. They are 6mo apart, my cat is now 4 1/2 and he's awesome. My youngest is 3 and my cat has been around him since the day we came home from the hospital.
My dad told me not to do it, that he would suffocate my kids...he never suffocated either of them.
He's only hurt either of them once. My oldest was about 2 1/2 and he fell on the cat and the cat bit his hand. I don't blame the cat, or my son...it was an accident and the cat was just trying to protect himself.
I still have the cat and he even sleeps with my sons sometimes. Oh and I will eventually have at least one more kid and when I do, as long as my cat is still living, he will be around that child as well.