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Old May 31st, 2018, 06:52 AM   #21
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Get him involved in SOMETHING.. Sports, Band, what ever... What I have learned is people that are alike tend to group together it is human nature.

What happens when you become a member of a team.. the skin color is not an issue.

I am mixed race, I look white but on of my grandfathers was a police officer and eventually police chief in the town that was well respected that gave me a bit of cover, but not much. My mixed race was an issue many times because it was so known

I got involved in Band.. so I the band connection mitigated the racial, I played the Trumpet so the brass and trumpet section became close because we had to work together.
He is involved with the Boys and Girls Club. I hate sports and don't have the energy for that. Sorry when we get old our batteries get weak. But thank heavens for the Boys and Girls Club! But he would probably do very well with a sport. That could be a great self-esteem builder.
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Old May 31st, 2018, 07:01 AM   #22
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O.M.G. Seriously? You would tell a 7 year old that LIFE IS NEVER GOING TO BE FAIR--EVER and many people have worse problems?

A 7 year old child??
Are you that stupid?
Children have a built in expectation of fairness, but the world will never cooperate with that. Itís very important for children to deal with unfairness as strong individuals. If they donít, they might grow up to be liberals, endlessly voting to bankrupt us all in vain schemes to make life fair that always fail anyway.
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He has never said anything of poor treatment, however, his mother did when she was a teenager. I was shocked when her skin color became an issue! I never thought of her as someone of color and I am sure if you saw her you wouldn't identify as a black person. But then I heard some people also consider Mexicans as people of color. She is part native American but certainly very light skinned. I hated that school and back then we didn't have choices. There was a lot wrong with the school. An elitism that was ugly. The biggest issue would be money status, not color. The point is his mother did experience feeling put down because of her skin color, but her son who is dark has never said anything to me about that.

The whole community took strong action against prejudice some years ago, and never in public has anyone treated him differently when I have been there, except they may say more nice things to him than other children? This family has more issues than skin color, and he really can use the extra words that build his self-esteem. But to him, being darker than everyone else is a problem. He sees himself as the only dark-skinned person in the family and in the minority at school and he doesn't like it. Nor does he understand why he is different. Mom lied to him and doesn't want to deal with the truth and I am not sure what I should do, but he is in my care now, and I have to help him.


Athena, if I may?? Offer some suggestions?? Feel free to discard these but here are some possible ways to help your little one.
*Speak to his teacher. She may not be aware of his feelings and may be able to shed some light on the situation.
*Does the school have a counselor who might be of help?
*Check out some children's books about how we are all different. A trip to the library might be good. Many libraries have summer programs.
*Sometimes drawing or painting how he feels helps. It certainly opens a dialogue with him and may give you more insight.

Being different is something we all deal with whether it's race or appearance or disability. Many of the people who changed the world were "different" and KNEW they were different: Walt Disney, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King.
I'll be thinking of you. Just so sorry your little guy is struggling.
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Last night, my great grandson told me it is unfair that there are so many white children in the school and so few darked skinned children like himself.

What do you make of that? He is so bothered by the disproportionate ratio of blacks and whites, I wonder if he would be happier in a different school district with more black students?
Apparently. Soon or in time, he will need or seek out the experience himself at some point. Perhaps he will realize he is happier around kids of similar skin color, or he will not be?
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Athena, I did some research on children's books. Here are some suggestions:

Two Mrs. Gibbsons
Black is Brown and Tan
The Hello Goodbye Window
I Am Mixed
We're Different We're the Same
Happy to be Me
Giraffes Can't Dance
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Busing should become mandatory. A perfect ratio of 70% white, 18% latino and 14% black should be at every public school. Now, I understand that it will require hours of travel on a bus in smaller rural area's, but its time we teach our children a lesson. Demonstrate to them true fairness by forcing some of them to endure longer bus rides..oh wait that is not fair. Well, ok, I got it. We can start making it illegal to live in certain area's based on your race and skin color. So, yeah if there is 98% whites in a suburban area, then the state should use a lottery or something and seize property and help minorities to move in. We could pay the white settlers, I mean citizens a fair market price, but only if they agree to move to a different school district so their children can be part of the proper quota mix.

What is wrong with this idea?
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Last night, my great grandson told me it is unfair that there are so many white children in the school and so few darked skinned children like himself.

What do you make of that? He is so bothered by the disproportionate ratio of blacks and whites, I wonder if he would be happier in a different school district with more black students?
I dont know, maybe you should have just gave an honest answer. Maybe you should have just said, because there are more white families living in this school district. That would have been the honest answer
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Get a grip?? because I think we should be a little more sensitive? About racism?
When did Athena's original statement involve racism? It didn't. You are just trying to push another made up narrative in an attempt to broadly paint anyone who is not in your communist fan club as a racist.
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Children have a built in expectation of fairness, but the world will never cooperate with that. It’s very important for children to deal with unfairness as strong individuals. If they don’t, they might grow up to be liberals, endlessly voting to bankrupt us all in vain schemes to make life fair that always fail anyway.
Oh, come on. There is no way we would have had a good economy if it had not been for free education and educating everyone, and unions that got people decent wages and decent working conditions.

A problem with conservatives is they tend to be Christian or Muslim and running our lives on mythology has a limited benefit. Our liberty is protected by science and I am a liberal. I think we need to understand our reality mathematically and through science. People would make better decisions if they had better math skills and turned to science. Then they might understand the relationship between justice and fairness, and that the US was made great by us working together, and outnumbering the few that could have kept us poor as many nations were made poor for the few. And as Christianity kept Europe poor until Calvinism. AND AS THE BLACKS WOULD STILL BE SLAVES WITHOUT A FIGHT. Fair and just are not so far apart and there is a God manifesting our reality. We create it.

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I dont know, maybe you should have just gave an honest answer. Maybe you should have just said, because there are more white families living in this school district. That would have been the honest answer
Huh, he did not ask why there are fewer Black students and I am explaining in Africa the majority of people are Black. The whole community has far more white people than dark-skinned people. There is no area anywhere near here that would have a significant number of dark-skinned people. Oregon was KKK territory and until recently it was not possible for minorities to live here. It has taken a lot of effort to counteract the prejudice. We are a university town and that has helped a lot!
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