Dads who think their toddlers are racists
At GMP, Ira Booker initially was concerned that his three-year-old son was a racist. But he talks himself through it and decides that his kid isn’t a bigot. Thank goodness because what would the neighbors think. He writes:
At the dinner table the other night, my wife and I were giving our son Selby the usual grilling about his day at preschool. He told us his favorite activity of the day was playing with two of the other boys in his class. These weren’t two of his usual sidekicks, so we asked why he liked hanging out with those particular kids. He smiled and said, “Their hair looks like my hair!” My wife and I exchanged a glance. The fair-haired friends Selby referred to were the only other white males in his class. Did we have an unwitting, three-year-old segregationist on our hands?
2. “usual grilling about his day at preschool”
3. “white males”
4. “three-year-old segregationist”
I will admit, though, that I was a little disappointed to hear that the boy was hanging with the other white kids. Again, this stems back to my rural upbringing. By the time I got to high school, I actually had a few classmates of color – not many, but a few. Once I was old enough to self-identify as a liberal, it became something of a badge of honor to be seen hanging out with my non-white friends. It didn’t take long for me to realize this was silly and more than a little racist on my part, but at the time it seemed like a rebellion against what I saw as the hopeless redneckery of my peers. As lame as I know it is for a white guy to brag about having a black friend, some small part of me still wants to be able to brag about my kid having a bunch of black friends. Fortunately, that nonsense doesn’t figure into Selby’s day plan. He plays with whoever strikes him as the most fun on any given day, giving precious little thought to his father’s creepy idiocy.
This sums up race-whipped liberals: “Yeah, I know it’s ‘lame’ or seems kind of racist for me to do this, but since I’m being honest and acknowledging my shortcomings then it’s OK…right? Right?!? Someone tell me I’m right!”
This is the second article
within a week posted at GMP by a father who was scared that he’s raising a racist kid. In both instances the kids were three years old. I’ll chalk it up to the overkill perpetuated by the internet which provides an outlet for every idiotic argument and lolling introspective query. These are toddlers; kids are notoriously inquisitive and they are just beginning to put patterns together. They will naturally gravitate towards someone who looks like them. They are developing an identity. The fact that they have a face and hair is the most fascinating thing in the world; they’re attracted to others who share similar traits. None of that really needs an article wondering if this means that the kid is racist or weird or anything like that. I’m cynical, so I see this as nothing more than a deep fear from the fathers here that they’ll look bad. And you give them a platform in which to write something and these types of things will make their way up to the surface.