The video was made after her nine year old son came home upset that he was the subject of racial jokes. Listening to her plea made me think how we, as adults, need to be better models not just in how we interact with different cultures, races and religions but also in the face of any differences. I love how Dianne does not talk about “tolerating” but embracing our differences.
A child growing with a learning difference , a teen experiencing a mental health condition, a youth struggling with his or her sexual orientation or sexual identity or a youth growing up with physical or intellectual challenges should embrace their differences and other youths should as well.
Children are not born prejudice…it is learned…modelled. I’m not saying all children learn this from their parents. We all know how our children learn and change when they go to school. If they have learned a biased way of looking at the world through jokes or racial slurs they heard on the playground, then we, as adults, educators and parents have a responsibility to talk to them about this on so many levels.
Perhaps we, as adults, need to take a moment or two and take inventory on our own beliefs and feelings before speaking to our children. Children are sensitive and savvy and can see through what is real. So take your time to reflect on your thoughts first.
We are not perfect but let’s try to be the best human we can in this imperfect world.
Who am I but me?
in all my imperfections,
I am perfect!
(c) Cheryl-Lynn ’17/02/06