I don’t do a lot of linking to other blogs from my blog. But sometimes I read things and they simply must be shared. This post is from a few weeks ago, and I linked to it on my Facebook page. If you didn’t see it there, I beg you to go read it here.
It is a beautifully written account of the bullying that a Chinese man lived with during elementary school. It shocked me. I know it happens, but to read about it, from someone who lived it. Even worse, to hear how that bullying led to self-loathing.
Granted, this man’s story took place years ago. It would be nice to think that things are different now.
But then I read this. First grade students engaging in the age-old eye-pulling to mimic Asian eyes. A great example of “innocent racism”. But then it gets worse–a student telling an Asian and Indian classmate that they wouldn’t talk to them because they were “dark-skinned”. That’s not so innocent, people.
Later, I read a post by another blogger (I won’t link because I do not know her and do not have permission) whose Ethiopian children were told by a “friend” that they couldn’t join in a game because there were “No Blacks Allowed”.
That’s downright scary.
I don’t know why I feel like I must share these stories. But I must. Because I think that we probably like to think that we have come so far, but in some ways, we are just as backwards as ever.
I think we need to be reminded that this might happen with our children. Not so we can get all down and depressed about it, but so we can better prepare them as they go out into the world. So we can better prepare ourselves to deal with it.
Because I want my Korean son to eat his shrimp chips in the lunchroom with his head held high.