Can you say that?

Teaching my students today, the subject of skin color came up. A particularly outspoken member of the class piped up:

“I don’t like black people. They make me feel worried.”

Where do you go with that one?

Over and over again, China reminds me that this isn’t the melting-pot culture back home. The things we take for granted differ on both sides of the ocean.

Wanting to say something like, “How about white people? Do they scare you too?” I instead reassured her that black people are wonderfully friendly, and that she should try meeting a few. After all, I have lots of black friends, and they don’t scare me at all.

Still a long ways to go sometimes. *sigh*


2 Responses to “Can you say that?”

  1. 1 Ngadi January 7, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    That’s because all they know is what they see in the slanted Western media.

    Happy New Year to you and your fam. Sorry to have missed your visit.


  2. 2 mjfalk January 12, 2010 at 3:00 am

    Personal experience trumps what we want to “feel”—-but there is a higher power at work that can change the way we decide to relate—-and to overcome negative feelings. Change takes time—-the best way to begin is to desire the goal. Skin color is so inconsequential —–as are many of the more visible introductions to one another that we first notice, don’t you think??

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