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  1. a thorn among roses
    a thorn among roses January 23, 2009 at 1:30 pm |

    funny how things are so different and so the same. as for the adoption thing…have you seen my motley crew? i would have to say that i wouldn’t want people adoptiong bc they felt like they had to and then regret it later. parenting is just to hard for that…and the perfect fam is out there, sometimes they just don’t know it…which is really sad.

  2. Rachel S.
    Rachel S. January 23, 2009 at 1:40 pm |

    Great post!
    My husband is from India and thankfully, if my family had/has an issue with it they have kept it to themselves, (my immediate family love him though!)
    We have both noticed that if he goes somewhere alone or I am not standing with him, some people treat him differently. I think a lot of time they do it subconsciously.

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  3. Kim @ What's That Smell?
    Kim @ What's That Smell? January 23, 2009 at 1:43 pm |

    I think it is true that we should talk about the differences with our kids. They notice it and if we brush it under the rug and are afraid to talk about it, it IMPLIES that race and skin color is something either odd or to be ashamed of.
    I am of the same mind about adoption.

  4. Alexia
    Alexia January 23, 2009 at 1:48 pm |

    I completely agree with you! In the quest for everyone to be equal America has made the color of your skin the elephant in the room. I hate it! We cannot be color-blind because that would be denying our heritages! But we can love everyone and be fair to everyone no matter what they look like or where they came from. I think everyone had gotten a little too got up in the details.

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  5. Jennifer
    Jennifer January 23, 2009 at 2:19 pm |

    A very well thought out and well written post about race and racial prejudice worldwide. Have you thought of submitting this to newspapers and magazines?

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  6. Kathleen
    Kathleen January 23, 2009 at 3:20 pm |

    Bravo! I loved reading this, as you always express things so perfectly. I too want to teach Soren that our differences are to be celebrated. It’s amazing how even around the world, differences are often used as reasons to hate each other. I was surprised even when teaching in urban schools how kids from Puerto Rico hated kids from The D.R. and from Mexico. I know a lot of people just think they’re all the same, but I was more shocked at how these kids, many of whom had never been to their parents’ home countries, were growing up learning to dislike other kids in their classes for stupid reasons. Ugh!

  7. Jenn
    Jenn January 23, 2009 at 3:46 pm |

    You are SO right about acknowledging the differences rather than trying to pretend they don’t exist. Brilliant post, I loved it. xoxo

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  9. Cascia @ Healthy Moms
    Cascia @ Healthy Moms January 23, 2009 at 5:11 pm |

    Wow, that was a very interesting post. You made several good points. I hadn’t realized that prejudice is so common in Asia. I strongly believe that here in America we need to be color blind and judge people by their character instead of their skin color. But we have a long ways to go. It’s sad, really. Great post!

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  10. Colleen
    Colleen January 23, 2009 at 8:41 pm |

    Well said! Thanks!

  11. mannequin
    mannequin January 25, 2009 at 1:15 pm |

    Great minds think alike dear friend.
    I learned something from my Rastafarian friend years ago. I was explaining my very primitive philosophy regarding prejudice; if we all had bags on our heads, we would judge people the way it was mean to be, according to their actions. I told him that I believed there really was no differences, we are all the same.
    He took a bit of offense at this and expounded upon the way he saw it, the same as you. Celebrate the differences! The differences between races are what makes them beautiful, interesting. If we go around with bags on our heads, we’re basically in denial, refusing to acknowledge the differences.
    It was then that I really understood and was able to really appreciate and acknowledge differences.
    Thank you Can Can for a most thought provoking post.

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