Racism is of course a serious problem. But isn’t this going a bit too far:
Nursery staff must be alert for racist remarks among toddlers, a government-sponsored agency report has said.
“A child may react negatively to a culinary tradition other than their own by saying, ‘Yuck!”‘. That may indicate a lack of familiarity with that particular food, or “more seriously a reaction to a food associated with people from a particular ethnic or cultural community”.
It also warned: “Racist incidents among children in early-years settings tend to be around name-calling, casual thoughtless comments and peer group relationships.”
And what are they going to do when they catch children disliking cetrtain foods, or sauying nasty things to the other kids? Are they going to put a black mark of the govenrment’s database of all children, marking thme down as a potential racist? Or are they going to send them to a re-education camp, perhaps, where they will learn to think correct thoughts?
Yes, children do say insensitive and cruel things from time to time. It’s called “being children”, and is perfectly normal.
(via Mr Eugenides)