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Old May 30th, 2018, 08:44 AM   #1
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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?
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Old May 30th, 2018, 08:51 AM   #2
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Did you ask him specifics of why he felt it was unfair? Is he just wishing he could have more friends who look like him, or is he actually getting treated differently than the other kids?
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Old May 30th, 2018, 09:01 AM   #3
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That is unfortunate. Up until like 4th or 5th grade i was the darkest kid in my class and maybe the whole school. My kids went to a suburb school for a couple of years and then just decided that that same ol same ol was not so good so we moved back to the city.

On the flip side i think that we (the schools) are putting far to much emphasis on things like race these days unlike we have seen in society since the 50s and 60s. It is very sad IMO and not good for anyone.
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Old May 30th, 2018, 10:30 AM   #4
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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?

It hurts. It hurts me to think that children that age feel left out, treated unfairly, or unaccepted for any reason, but particularly because they LOOK different than the majority.

What did you tell him?
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Old May 30th, 2018, 10:46 AM   #5
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You could tell him that less than 15% of the US is black. You could tell him life is never going to be fair and many people have worse problems. You could tell him he should be grateful for reduced risk of skin cancer.

Some people get teased for red hair and freckles, or glasses, or zits, or because of their names , or social skills, or anything that makes them different.
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You could tell him that less than 15% of the US is black. You could tell him life is never going to be fair and many people have worse problems. You could tell him he should be grateful for reduced risk of skin cancer.

Some people get teased for red hair and freckles, or glasses, or zits, or because of their names , or social skills, or anything that makes them different.


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?
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Some friends of mine, from Tanzania, now citizens, had their youngest child here. So he was a citizen before they were. (just to be clear they were already in the process of becoming citizens when he was born, so no anchor baby bullshit)

The day after the election, one of his class mates walked up and wanted to know WHEN HE WAS BEING DEPORTED ?? Now that Trump was going to be president !!!! This was third grade ??
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Old May 30th, 2018, 11:22 AM   #8
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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?
Whenever my kids told me that it wasn't fair that I made the rules and they had to obey, I told them that life wasn't fair. How old do you think a child has to be before they are told that life isn't fair? We can certainly work toward making life more fair, but we are setting the kids up for disappointment if we teach them that life should always be fair.
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Old May 30th, 2018, 01:10 PM   #9
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Whenever my kids told me that it wasn't fair that I made the rules and they had to obey, I told them that life wasn't fair. How old do you think a child has to be before they are told that life isn't fair? We can certainly work toward making life more fair, but we are setting the kids up for disappointment if we teach them that life should always be fair.


A mother telling a child that "life isn't fair" because the child doesn't want to follow family rules is one thing. It's a "comeback" line and we all use it...but when a child comes home from school and talks about an "unfair" situation it deserves more than a cliche or platitude...especially for a 7 year old.

There's no need to be that harsh with a young child. There are lots of ways to explain race, religion and different lifestyles. Before we discuss this further, let's hear what Athena had to say to her ggrandson.
I'm sure she handled it well.
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You could tell him that less than 15% of the US is black. You could tell him life is never going to be fair and many people have worse problems. You could tell him he should be grateful for reduced risk of skin cancer.

Some people get teased for red hair and freckles, or glasses, or zits, or because of their names , or social skills, or anything that makes them different.
You are equating the basic humiliations and emotional shattering that is racism and bigotry with getting teased because you have red hair?

My god you're a superficial, shallow, callous, ignorant, self-involved, white-privilege-enjoying cretin.
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