"I have a question", he said. “What color is your skin?"
"What do you think it is?"I asked.
"Brown".Even my parents have brown skin, but my mother has clear skin." Yes,she does. I added reaffirming the kid’s observation.
"So is it okay to have brown skin?"
"Yes"."But some of my class mates who has white skin do not talk to me."
I explained to him how skin gets its color. And told him that he will learn more about this in his science classes at school. I also explained to him no matter what color of the skin, the blood that flows in our body is always RED in color. He seemed to understand, but did not seem to feel happy.
This time it was my turn to ask the kid a question."what is the color of President Obama’s skin?"
"Brown", with a big smile and joy in his eyes. I smiled in agreement.Now this was a clear sign of perception. I did not try to explain how Obama's skin color was perceived by the rest of america or the world.
"Can I become the president of America?" He asked.
The kid jumped with joy and ran to his mom. I overheard him saying,“An.aunty said I can become the president of America, Ma".
I didn't. The kid inferred the question himself.I only affirmed the kids statement.
Note : I am constantly asked many questions by kids whose parents are my friends. I do not answer every question because I think some questions are best left to be answered by parents. In the above case I very well knew the kids parents judgements and so proceeded cautiously.Image Credits
Thanks Solilo. Our discussion helped me recall this incident.