Originally posted by
orangesaregood on October 13, 2017 13:34
The activity we did in the art wing where we painted a classmate’s skin color was insightful. Though the exercise intended to convey the obvious lesson that people came in a variety of skin colors, the underlying message of the exercise was that all skin colors should be appreciated. Finding the right nuanced shade of paint for the partner’s skin color was challenging and fun, similar to what “cubesmart25” expressed in the above post
In Lupita and Elmo’s conversation, Lupita does not mention the specific variety of shades of human skin color, but instead mentions skin’s benefits and universality, saying “Skin protects us. All animals have skin.” Instead of focusing on differences, Lupita focuses on the similarities that unite the human race. Elmo agrees and says that Lupita’s skin is a “beautiful brown color,” and appreciates his own “furry red skin.” The video teaches children, as well as the few rare adult enthusiasts who watch Sesame Street, that skin is not a trait to be divided over, and that children “Should Know It Nicely.” Get it? Hahahaha.
The other day in facing we touched on how white parents chose to ignore their differences while colored parents prepare their children for diversity and discrimination. Of course colored people are still minorities so they believe that they need to let their children know whats coming to them and as we saw from the video black children were much more optimistic and less biased toward their own skin color. While I agree we should focus on similarities, children pick up on diversity with or without adults help, so why not guide them into a more accepting future? Honestly seeing the white kids be so preferential made me physically feel sick, and the fact that kids as young as 6 were told not to play with kids of other color is even worse. Which is why we also cant ignore diversity in school. I think teachers should address racism and where it came from and why its bad. That is why we teach children about Martin Luther King Day, but one day a year is not enough to tell kids "ITS NOT OKAY TO BE DICKS TO PEOPLE OF OTHER COLORS".