September 14, 2004
Every so often, I feel like I get some validation that through my kids' common sense and some decent parenting they might just turn out alright.
Andrew (7) wanted to talk about racism and race relations this evening. Not sure why, but he asked why black people used to have to sit in the back of the bus. "It just doesn't make any sense." During our discussion, I told him how interracial marriage was once illegal (which struck him as incredibly stupid given that almost half his friends are from interracial families) and how some white people in Seattle tried to run all the Chinese out of Seattle in 1886. "That's dumb" he said.
On the one hand I'm super proud of him. On the other hand, I'm amazed that what's obvious to a seven year old was not (and is not unfortunately) to so many adults for so long.Posted by Tony at September 14, 2004 8:17 PM | TrackBack