is my son racist?
July 21, 2006 10:00 AM Subscribe
Is my son racist?
posted by anonymous to Society & Culture (30 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
His teacher's version (from my husband): yesterday when he and his classmates were sitting around the table at preschool, my five year old son pointed to each of the (ten) white kids and said "You're 'O', and you're in." He then pointed to the (two) black kids (one boy, one girl) and said "You're 'X' and you're out."
My son's version (from what he could tell us): he learned the whole "X" and "O" game from Jimmy, one of his (white) classmates. He claims that he only picked Mike to "X" out because "If Mike is coming [to my house], then Jimmy can't come." He said that he did not "X" out Amy. He said that it had nothing to do with the color of the kids' skin, that he didn't think he was better than them or anything like that.
We're not racists. We're just not. This is the first time our son's acted like this, and he's known these kids since he was 3 months old. The way he hugs and kisses Amy when he sees her outside school, I jokingly call her my son's girlfriend. (He says he's not going to marry her though, as she's two months older than he.)
I want to think that it was an innocent game mixed with a really bad coincidence, but I also don't want to be the mom that blindly buries her head in the sand when warning flags pop up in her child's life.
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