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My 6-year-old just had his first encounter with racism

Discussion in 'News & Current Events (Articles Required)' started by SummerMadness, Jun 22, 2021.

  1. SummerMadness

    SummerMadness Senior Veteran

    My 6-year-old just had his first encounter with racism
    I know many people go through a cycle of guilt because they question what could they have done to avoid the situation because they believe they can do just the right actions to prevent the problem in the first place. Having faith, resolve and hope do much to keep you moving forward.
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  2. A_Thinker

    A_Thinker Well-Known Member Supporter

    It's not over, dude, ... but, perhaps it will be better ...
  3. Quid est Veritas?

    Quid est Veritas? In Memoriam to CS Lewis

    That is not racism. That is just a bunch of kids creating boundaries and examining differences between self and other. You don't need to make a mountain out of a molehill, instead of just being the level-headed adult and guiding them.

    A few years ago my son was upset in the bath when he couldn't wash off his tan. His closest friend at the time was a Coloured (in the ethno-cultural South African context) boy, and he essentially assumed that is how one gets different skintones. This was his dearest friend, and him not wanting to look as dark as him, was not some big rejection or deep-seated racist programming, rather fear of change if anything. There is no need to overevaluate the interactions of kids, or read them as symptomatic of big issues at that age, when they are simply navigating understanding basic human interactions. The kid's card illustrates it perfectly.

    People are just being silly... and childish.
  4. ReesePiece23

    ReesePiece23 The Peanut Buttery Member.

    The reverse of that happened to me and my sister when we went to school in London. At that time it was considered unusual for white kids to go to this particular school. My sister actually got stabbed with a compass and was nicknamed "white bread".

    I'm sure they feel guilty for it now IF they even remember. I'm sure they probably don't and have grown into fine people. The nasty kids always seem to in the end.
  5. SummerMadness

    SummerMadness Senior Veteran

    Nah, it's racism.
  6. SummerMadness

    SummerMadness Senior Veteran

    Yeah, kids are ultimately innocent, they are merely a reflection of their environment. Depending on their home life, it will definitely affect their feelings of rightness or wrongness when they grow up.