Wednesday, April 25, 2007

His First Racial Slur?

Yesterday, we were driving to school, and Barrett was announcing everything we saw.

From the backseat I heard, "bus, red light, green, trees, cows (Chick-Fil-A), slide (McDonalds), big truck," and many other things he felt the need to identify.

As we stopped at a red light, which he did inform me was red, I noticed two panhandlers on either side of the street.

I try to at least make eye contact and smile even though I do not give them money when I heard Barrett say, "White man," while he pointed to the right.

I thought it was strange that he was identifying a person by color, but I pretty much ignored him.

UNTIL...

He then said, "Black man," and pointed to the left.

I was almost embarrassed even though no one heard him. I thought it was weird that he would even think of that because he's been around people of all colors and his tv shows are diverse too.

I was trying to figure out how to explain to him that it isn't polite to yell out the colors of people, when he yelled, "red man."

He was pointing forward and I noticed a red van driving through the intersection.

It was then I noticed that the car on our right was a white van and there was a black van to our left.

My little "talk" I was going through in my head quickly changed to a lesson on making the "v" sound.

2 comments:

karen said...

Baaaah, that is so funny! Good thing you didn't confuse him by starting your lesson. :)

Chas said...

HA!! That is too cute!!