Toddlers Are Racist

If they turn up their noses at food they haven’t had before. The U.K. strikes again:

“This could include a child of as young as three who says “yuk” in response to being served unfamiliar foreign food.

The guidance by the NCB is designed to draw attention to potentially-racist attitudes in youngsters from a young age.

It alerts playgroup leaders that even babies can not be ignored in the drive to root out prejudice as they can “recognise different people in their lives”.

I was wondering if the people that wrote this manual have been around toddlers or children at mealtimes?! Toddlers especially have this penchant for liking something one day and then decide the next day they don’t like it. That’s why they need several tries of a different food before making an informed decision.

Do read the entire article as they point out other “racist” incidents that need to be watched for and reported. All things that are typical childhood behavior.

Will the children be punished for making simple observations-“why is their skin darker than mine, why am I pink, why do they have black or yellow hair” and on and on it goes. They are not being racist when they say these things, just observing the world around them. It is not racist to notice that someone is different from yourself. It is not racist to ask why it is that way.

It is not clear what will happen to the nurseries that have high reports of these incidents (I refuse to call them racist). I wonder what eventually will happen to these children and their families? If their behavior is not modified enough, will the children be taken from the family? Will the parents lose their parental rights over the children forever?

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mrs. C
    Jul 10, 2008 @ 07:16:07

    My own children wonder about the “slaves” at our local HyVee because that’s the only place they see actual real-live black people LOL! Unfortunately, when you try to teach children about how the world works, there’s what I think of as a “danger zone” between total ignorance of difference to being able to accept differences in a socially appropriate way. Because my kids have autism and other issues, I think that zone is waaay bigger. (Elf is 8 and doesn’t see that the “slaves in the Sudan” are NOT the same people as “the guy who works at HyVee.”) It’s sad that this normal stage in development is made a bigger deal out of than it needs to be. It’s akin to saying a two year old who plays with her poo-poo diaper is sexually perverted.


  2. Lao Tzu
    Jul 24, 2008 @ 03:29:20

    I heard about this on the news, but I honestly thought the story was a joke because it is so insane, but apparently it is not. Who are these people that can make such uneducated suggestions. Not liking certain foods is not racism. Foods are cultural artifacts, they do not have anything to do with race. I know many people don’t know the difference between race and culture, but I thought it was mostly the highly uneducated. And the suggestions to PUNISH the children, or REPORT incidents. This is VERY scary. You explained things well. Thanks.


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  4. abrianna
    Jul 24, 2008 @ 21:16:17

    You’re right Lao-it is scary. I too wish it was a joke, but alas, it is not.

    Thank you for complimenting me!

    Stop back anytime!


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