by 1531424 on October 23, 2016 - 2:42pm
the topic that I will discus is racism that can affect children. Children are young, impressionable and most often are not educated on the topic of race and could possibly use innapropriate words that they are unware that they are offensive. In this article a little girl (white American) was playing on the play ground with a boy (African American) in Maplewood N.J. and she told him he wasn’t allowed to go on a certain ride because of the colour of his skin tone.
I found it interesting that the father of the son overheard the girl and didn’t stand up for his son and didn’t explained to her how wrong it is to say that. Also, because in this case it was a child it should be even more important to corrected or reprimanded her, because until you correct children they will most likely continue this bad behaviour and think it is normal and socially acceptable to say stuff like that. The reason why the father didn’t go up to the little girl was because he didn’t want the other white people to think he was a “crazy black man” and was afraid that they will not want their children to play with his son anymore. The author uses the term racism correctly, the comment made by the little girl was very racist. It was a racist remark because she made the little boy feel like he wasn’t worthy to play on the ride because of the colour of his skin. The content of this article does provide more details on the topic of race that we talked about in class. In class, we talked about children and race and asked our selves do children see different skin tones? As I read the article I quickly noticed that children do see different skin colours and do differentiate them. Before I thought that children played with who ever they wanted and didn’t care about skin tones. This article changed my perspective. In conclusion, this article changed my perspective on this topic and made me realize a lot of things . Should schools start teaching children at a young age about race ?
‘Only White People,’ Said the Little Girl - The New York Times. (n.d.). Retrieved October 19, 2016, from http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/16/opinion/sunday/only-white-people-said-...