CONVERSATIONS WITH NICK ABOUT RACE

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1.

Nick: Dad?

Me: Yes.

Nick: Can I listen to Mikeson Jackson?

Me: Michael.

Nick: Michael Jackson.

Me: Sure.

Nick: Daddy?

Me: Yes.

Nick: What he sing about?

Me: Well…uh…okay… he’s singing about how it doesn’t matter what color your skin is. That you can still be whoever you want and it doesn’t matter.

Nick: What color is my skin?

Me: Brown.

Nick: What color is your skin?

Me: White.

Nick: I like the color of my skin!

Me: You should! It’s beautiful.

Nick: When I go in the sun, it gets darker!

Me: You know what they call people with your skin color? African-American.

(long pause)

Nick: Daddy?

Me: Yes.

Nick: SMELL MY FEET!

2.

Nick: Mom?

Al: Yes, Nick?

Nick: I have brown skin and I’m Abrican-American.

Al: African-American.

Nick: African-American. Mom?

Al: Yes, Nick?

Nick: What’s African?

Al: Africa is a place that’s far, far away on the other side of the world.

Nick: We can go there?

Al: Maybe when you grow up. It’s really far away.

Nick: Hmmmm… WE MIGHT HAVE TO TAKE TWO PLANES TO GO THERE AND I MIGHT UPCHUCK!

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