Monday, January 16, 2006

Social Commentary

Yesterday we took my mom out to dinner. While we were eating, my brother overheard a little boy nearby say "But I thought only Black people could come here to eat." The mom apparently tried to shush her son right away. My brother was the only one of us who heard this comment. He didn't want to embarass the family so he told us about it later.

I relayed to my brother that it could have been an innocent comment made by this little 3 year old. After all, we were eating in the Black Angus. I can see how that might sway the little tyke's thinking.

The more I thought about it though, the real issue was not what he said but how he thought. At 3 years old and even now, my 7 year old does not distinguish between people on the basis of their skin color or race. She uses descriptors such as "the girl whose mom doesn't make her wear her uniform" or "the boy who always gets good grades" etc. How is it that at 3 years old this little child has already learned that people are divided into different groups?

It makes me sad, especially today on this Martin Luther King holiday, that while we have progressed in the area of tolerance and respect for others who are different from us, we still have a long way to go.

4 comments:

Nebur said...

Black Angus sucks. my steak was awful

MsAbcMom said...

They messed up my hamburger. Now tell me this: How can you mess that up? I NEVER want to go back there!

Teragram said...

Who gets to go to the BROWN Derby? How about PINKS Hotdogs? How about the BLUE Bayou at Disneyland? Wouldn't it be interesting to eat at a restaurant with all blue people? Oh, and ORANGE Julius?

paz said...

Never heard of Black Angus. Hmmm... You bring up an interesting point about where the kid learned to see races in situations, when your daughter sees it a different way. I hope that the mom had a talk with him. Even at age three, one is never too young to learn about the things that MLK tried to get all of us to see....

Paz