- Posted August 16, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Everyday racism: Your stories
One day my light complexion son came home from school during Black History Month and ask this question " Dad how come black kids could not go to school with us white kids years ago"?
I was floored! I responded, son you're black too! He stated "No Dad, me and mom are white and you're tan".
At the time my son was 7 years old, my concern was not only did not want to be black he didn't want to think of me or his light complexion mother to be black either.
Where could this have come from? In just 7 years what vehicle was used to send the signal that white is better than black. It took several months to convince him that color has nothing to do with who or what you are.
What i discovered is that images in the media tend to signals that black is not as good as white. This is a kind of racism that I had never even realized until I came face to face with it.
I glad to say 10 years later he is proud young black man . And I continue to fight the negative images he's confronted with everyday.