Monday, February 1, 2010
My children teach me every day. Even when I think I am teaching them. . .
R and I have been reading Huckleberry Finn together every night. It is fun to read together especially since it is a book I never read either so we are discovering a book together!
As you may know, Huckleberry Finn takes place when there is slavery and they Mark Twain uses the "n" word to say black man or black woman. I have been just saying "black person" or what ever in place of reading that word.
We decided to go to the library half way through the book to borrow the movie to watch. During the movie they use the "n" word. I finally had to explain what that meant because R doesn't have any idea of prejudice or slavery.
So, we are back to reading to book and again I say "black man" in place of the "n" word and R says "Where does it say "n"?" I point to the word and he begins to look for it in the book. "There it is again Momma!" "Why do they say that?"
So we again have a discussion about ignorance, fear, prejudice and the like.
He asks me if we know anyone who feels that way toward black people. . .and I hesitantly say yes. He asks who? I mention someone who he really admires. Then without a blink he says the most Christ like thing I have ever heard come out of his mouth. . ." Mommy. . .was he just never taught that we are all sons of God?" "We are all connected! So, if he feels that way about a black person. . .he obviously never learned we are all connected!"
Lesson #1000 from my son. . .Judge not lest you be judge!