The one with the brown skin.

FB_IMG_1447703526984Jeremy Martin,
Cincinnati, OH.

My 7-year-old daughter about the only African American girl on her cheer team. How do we move past skin color as an identity, even for children?

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  • Maybe I’m missing something but I don’t see the problem.

  • jacob

    By being proud of what you are, as long as the identity of the person is used in a friendly matter and not negative or in a racist matter it shouldn’t matter. I grew up in a majority latina town and they used to sometimes call me out by white boy it didnt bother me because its wasn’t in a negative manner. As time went on and i met more of my classmates and got to know them they used my name and the skin color issue disappeared.

  • MI33O3

    Why would you want to “move past” a useful and immediately identifiable descriptor? Language is meant to convey. Did you understand your daughter when she said that? Of course you did.

  • Amy

    What’s the problem? You’re upset because other black families haven’t signed their kids up for cheerleading? If there was a red headed child on the team, they’d say “the red haired girl” or the only boy, they’d say “the boy”. Kids are plain speaking and simple. If everyone else has pink skin and one has brown skin, it makes sense to ID that way. She’d be called “the white girl” if all of the other kids were black. Mountain out of molehill

 

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