Wednesday, July 08, 2009

WHEN are We Going to Stop...


...teaching kids who aren't white that they are worth less than white kids?


If you think this isn't affecting children, or that I'm a crazy liberal who's making too much of it, I suggest you work with children of color for a year and then report back. In the eight years I taught at the school in the inner city, I heard countless - and I actually mean countless - instances of kids complimenting each other on light skin, lamenting dark skin and kinky hair, talking about "good hair," talking about wishing they were white, commenting on how much prettier white people are, how much more money they have, how it's better to be white, how the police would treat them differently if they were white, how the school would be better if they were white kids...

I wish they were wrong.

1 comment:

justducky said...

I heard the same thing at my kids local school. The teacher who was American born Hispanic was thrilled that her new grandaughter was so light-skinned.

And I cannot believe what happened in Philidelphia! So much for the USA being a melting pot.