Is it because we’re different colors?

Jerry Cordaro
Cleveland, OH

I’m Caucasian, my wife is African-American, and we’re the parents of two kids. Because of our work schedules, I’m usually the one doing pickup and drop-off, and a few summers ago I was picking them up from camp. My son is light-skinned, and there was a little boy about six or seven years old who kept staring back and forth between us. He finally asked, “Are you his dad?” and I said, “Yes.” Then his sister (who’s much darker) came over, and he asked, “Is that his sister?” and again, “Yes.” He kept looking at all three of us and there was obviously something he wanted to say but couldn’t figure out how. Finally, I asked, “Is it because we’re different colors?” and this huge smile came on his face and he nodded. “Well, let’s look, ” I said, and showed him our arms, then his arm, so he could see that we were ALL different colors and it wasn’t that big a deal. After he moment, he said “Let’s go over to the door!” and they ran over to get a better light.

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  • Emily

    i love this because my family recently adopted a little boy from ethiopia and thats such a cool way to show a young child that no one has the same color skin just as everyone has different finger prints, its just part of who we are.

  • whitemomofnatives

    love love that it was so simple for this little guy. Not worried about being labeled racist,but really wanting to know something. It was awesome that you took the time with him. I know there are adults who just want to know something, but can’t get it across without a big deal. Wish there was a better way for adults to be innocent like children.

  • Brenda Guerrero

    This is what it is to be human. Great job in explaining.

 

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