As a self-acknowledged father and grandfather nowhere in a single line of your ramblings do you mention or intimate the understanding of any possible damage from the child's perspective. What you HAVE shown concern about ... from every possible angle is from the docents' perspective.
That's because we don't have the childrens' perspective in this article, just the perspective of what the teacher perceived to be
as shock on the childrens' faces. If that in fact proved to be true, then, yes, I agree with you. Since we don't have that perspective (in the form of comments from the children
involved, not the teacher's perception
of their reaction, then its not a valid point.
Adults perceive childrens' reactions far differently as they put them into an adult context. As child psychologists will tell you, children perceive things vastly differently from adults. Can you agree on that point at least?
Doesn't your parental insight/intuition ring it's bell at some point to emphasize with the perspective of the child involved? Of course it doesn't, because my assessment of your relationships with minorities is dead on point. If you did know a black or chinese guy who you only spoke to 'in passing' .. that would be step-up from what you've publicly disclosed about your propinquity and sensitivities to race. Now that that cat is out of the bag.. it seems it would have been better if you kept that bit of infomation to yourself... it actually makes your argument worse than it already is.
Isn't it funny that when you didn't know the story, I was one of those guys who talked with a black person once in a while, but now, that your argument has been shot out of the water (since I raise these kids and am not a "part-timer" as you would like to believe) "...It would have been better if you kept that bit of information to yourself..." Why? Because it proves you dead wrong, that's
why, yet you feebly attempt to reestablish the point.
My "parental insight" does
ring a bell when someone abuses or ridicules a child (like the recent case of the coach awarding a "Crybaby Award" to one of his students - THAT is wrong; this hasn't been proved to be such a case).
Well hopefully the part-time hispanic grand children you have don't heed your advice. Considering a source who's able to embody a volatile issue such as race into a card game. Race and it's effects in society worldwide is no game and it's certainly no card.
Are you REALLY THAT anal that you cannot see the word "card" is a metaphor??? Only an idiot, or someone vainly attempting to make a point, would think the term "race card" referred to "playing a card game". That's lame, at best however, since you obviously missed that, allow me to illustrate for you...
n : a figure of speech in which an expression is used to refer to something that it does not literally denote in order to suggest a similarity
Source: WordNet Â® 2.0, Â© 2003 Princeton University
I sincerely hope that any children you raise/raised do not have the mistaken belief that they are something above everyone else. ALL
children are "special" in their own right, but teaching them that they are privileged, because of race, creed or any other reason is dead wrong! Playing the "race card", or, for BN747 who obviously cannot understand a simple metaphor, using race as the issue every time something doesn't go the blacks' way, or the Chinese's way, or the Mexican's way, or the Hispanic's way, is wrong!
By teaching your part-time minority grandchildren everything is equal totally sets them up to be made and example of by people like the docent at the museum... the difference is.. your grandkids aren't going know racism even if it bites them in the short curlys! By the time the figure it out.. the backlash can be violent and irreversible. Why do think so many teens today lash out the way that they do? Because their families/society has sugar-coated everything they've been told and they find out for themselves they've been bullshitted--royally!
By teaching my kids, and FULL-TIME grandkids that they are no more or less special than anyone else, is teaching them the reality of life. You aren't any more special than I am - we just run in different circles. The "royal bullshitting" you speak of comes from when parents tell their kids they are special, so much so that they get out in the real world and expect it to be handed to them. When it isn't, THAT's when the disillusionment comes in. I think you have your statement turned around, possibly from misunderstanding what I was saying????
As for my kids not knowing racism, God I HOPE SO! Wouldn't that be wonderful?! Maybe if we stopped telling our kids they are the most special child in the world, then they wouldn't go out into life thinking the world is waiting for their arrival on the scene!
Obviously, you read whatever you wanted into my posts. You certainly twisted what I've quite plainly explained, so that it fits with your agenda (yet another metaphor for "card").
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DAMN! This SUCKS! I just had to go to the next higher age bracket in my profile! :-(