Don’t Let It Go

by KingVargas on October 18, 2015 - 10:07pm

In the article “Girl Told She Shouldn't Dress As Elsa 'Because She's Black' Receives Outpouring Of Support” (Huffington post, 06/23/2015) by Julianna McDermott, the author informs us of an incident against an Australian Aboriginal girl who was the victim of racial discrimination at a Melbourne shopping centre. A three year-old girl named Samara was looking to dress up as Elsa from "Frozen." So her mother took her to a Disney-themed event at the Watergardens Town Centre in Melbourne. The author goes on to mention that while waiting in line to play in a snow pit, a woman with her two daughters turned to Samara and said that she couldn’t understand why she would dress as Elsa, because Queen Elsa is white, not black. The author explains that when the mother asked the woman what she meant by her comment, one of the woman’s young daughters cringed up her face, pointed at the young three year old and said that she is black and black is ugly. The author concludes that in the following days Samara became withdrawn and refused to attend her Aboriginal dance class, however after receiving great support from people around the world and a special message from Queen Elsa of Disney world, Samara is back to her old self.

 

To think such a level of animosity exists in the world, let alone in a little girl, to say that someone is ugly because they are black, is saddening. Much too many people believe that racism is dead and is no longer present in developed countries, those people are absolutely wrong (as this article suggests). An equally significant problem is that people believe that young children do not see race, but in reality infants are able to non-verbally classify people by race and gender at the age of six months. (“Children Are Not Colorblind: How Young Children Learn Races” Erin N. Winkler,)   Racism is still alive because of parents that allow children to grow up without properly educating them, correcting certain beliefs/behaviors or leading a bad example that the children pick up on. This article is a form of support and advertisement for people being discriminated against and that’s fantastic, yet it is and will not be enough to significantly reduce racism. What needs to be done is teaching and informing the children of current and future generations to come about race and racism.

 

 

McDermott, J. (2015, June 23). Little Girl Subjected To Racial Slurs Receives Love From Around The World. Retrieved October 19, 2015, from http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/06/23/girl-told-she-couldnt-be-queen-e...

Comments

Marilyn Raimondo
Don’t Let It Go - by KingVargas
To begin with, I am responding to your post because I think that it is terrible how children are strongly affected with racism at such a young age, often because of the beauty standards that were settled by the society. I agree with you when you mention how saddening it is that a little girl would be considered ugly because she is black. The woman with her two daughters should have never make any racist comments concerning Samara’s choice of costume, because it affected how she sees herself and she felt ashamed of whom she is. In my opinion, you are right when you mention how parents play a major role in how children behave or not with a racist attitude. Parents who do not inform well their children about racism may reinforce further racist behaviors. I believe that the reason why situations like these happen is that society has established whiteness as the standard of beauty. For example in the model industry, white is considered the attractiveness like we saw in the documentary “The Color of Beauty “in class. In fact, Black models only represent 6% of the industry because apparently Black doesn’t sell as much as Caucasian models. I believe that it is abnormal and unfair that black people always have to justify their worth. Also, black people are only considered beautiful when they have white features, which bring us back to my point where Caucasian individuals are considered prettier than African American in general. This article clearly demonstrates the unfairness that is happening in our society and I have to question myself: Are these kind of situations happening because of a problem of standards of beauty established by the society or is it the parents or the social circle that surrounds the children that influences racist behaviors coming from the children ?

Don’t Let It Go - by KingVargas
To start with, I chose to respond to your post because I was shocked after only reading a few lines. Indeed, many people believe racism is a thing of the past, but the article you analyzed clearly pointed out the opposite. Discrimination towards black people, whatever their age, is still very alive in today’s societies. I support your point made about the fact that racism is perpetuated and present among populations due to lack of education provided to children about the topic. Indeed, parents tend to feel incomfortable around the crucial issue of racism so they avoid the topic. But the article summarized in your post clearly seems to emphasize the fact that ‘race’ is very important in some’s mindsets. Indeed, as stated by Smedley in her article 'Race and the Construction of Human Identity’, non-white people are steadily associated to being '‘primitive, intellectually stunted, […] aesthetically ugly and animal like’’. The little girl that rejected the other one demonstrated the perpetuation of such beliefs. I believe it is absurd and strongly unethical to allow these types of attitudes and beliefs circulate in society. If a young girl is able to express such discrimination, what does it say about the future generations to come, and the way she will raise and educate her own children one day?