I said if you’re thinkin’ of
being my brother
it don’t matter if you’re
Black Or White
I took this photo of my older son with his classmates; Austrians, Polnish, Nigerian and/or interracial. This was during their visit at the Schönbrunn zoo to which I went as a guardian along with other parents. I got along well with a Nigerian dad during the trip, aside from him I got lots of Nigerian friends; they are a bunch of the nicest people I know.
At one point, I boarded a bus along with my two boys and there stood a kid with her mom. (I can’t be sure but judging from their features they must be from Western Europe.) We sat on the nearest spot by the door, which is just by the open area where the mom and the kid stood. The kid kept looking at us perhaps trying to figure out what our nationality is. Since both boys got their chinky eyes from their grandpa (from Singapore), they are mostly thought of as either Japanese or Chinese. The kid gestured slanting eyes. I ignored her and my kids not knowing what it meant didn’t bother. I don’t take offense for that. For once or twice; it’s fine but it got annoying…nice as I am I looked at the kid warily so she would get the message, I looked at the mom too but she was nonchalant – a perfect example of kids learning from their parents, if the mom think it ok then the kid will think there’s nothing wrong with what she’s doing. Well, it’s that or perhaps the mom doesn’t know what slanting eyes mean and that the kid herself has no idea. 🙁
My daughter’s closest friend is a 6-year-old who lives 15 minutes from us. I allow her to sleep over only at their place because I trust her parents 100%. Her mom is Austrian and her dad is Pinoy (which people find amusing as it’s usually an Austrian dad-Pinoy mom tandem)…I don’t easily trust but her dad is one of, if not the most, trustworthy dads out there.
I think I taught my kids the lesson well when I decided to live a multicultural life.
very well said Mirage :-); I couldn't agree more….
Great that you were able to mingle with other races! 🙂 Nowadays, the world is becoming a mixed bag of cultures and it's good that your kids are getting used to it. And don't mind the others. Eventually, they'd get used to seeing different colors around them 😉
This is a wonderful post! True … it doesn't really matter whether we're black or white … or brown … 🙂
Our Black and White
very well said mami dear…it's always good to let our kids aware of our surroundings…. racism is getting out of control..specially here in the US…thanks for dropping by my entry.
great post gmirage! it should be very exciting to have multicultural friends 😀
I love your post, mommy! I've read it twice. You've really raised your kids well!
kids irregardless of their skin colors are all beautiful..
thanks for visiting my My Black and White entry
Ganyan din yung dalawa kong student,whenever I go to pick them up from school,I always feel like I'm attending a UN converntions bec of so many nationalities around me, lol!
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Seeing Black & White in a different perspective! You're just brilliant Mare! I love all the photos and the message too!
It's a good lesson to teach our children, to look beyond the color of the skin and treat others how we would want to be treated. Thanks for the MM visit!
that was a very nice and meaningful post.. you may want to check MINE..
That's a nice take on this week's MM theme of "black and white." Lovely post, Mommy!
great expository of our theme for the week! 😀 i admire you for being able to teach your kids about diversity and multi-culture at a young age… bravo!
awesome post! my sentiments exactly. Thank God my kids are also being brought up in a very multi cultural environment that it's easy to teach them the virtue of respect for individual differences.
got so late in our entry but can't miss MM: here's our link: http://turknoy.blogspot.com/2011/05/turkish-wedding.html