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  1. says:

    October 17, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    You make some really interesting points. Like Asians are “yellow” and I never understood that because I look at myself and my relatives and we’re all shades of tan. Some are super white, like lighter than white people, and some are super dark. It’s true to your point that white is a color, too – like some Caucasians are tanner than me sometimes!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    October 19, 2011 at 7:05 am

    Olivia is very interested in the differences in people’s skin colors and never hesitates to discuss her thoughts. She frequently points out that people have different or darker skin colors than her own. I’ve just decided to go along with the conversation and it seems to be working. Naturally, she is not at all subtle when she makes these observations, so the individual being observed and discussed is invariably aware that he/she is being talked about. If the subject of the conversation is a child, they seem to enjoy making the comparison along with her. If the subject is an adult, they seem comfortable with the conversation as well. These moments have provided opportunities to talk about and embrace the different colors of skin that make our world so interesting.

    On a related note, Olivia has very very light skin, so she frequently compares our skin color too. Sadly, she’s already begun to lament how fair she is. On several occasions, she has said she wishes her skin were more brown like mine. I’ve actually had to ask my teenage son to stop mentioning how fair she is for fear of reinforcing her feeling that she is too white. I would, of course, like her to learn to appreciate ALL the different colors of skin – including her own. Its always something, I guess.

    • says:

      October 19, 2011 at 11:48 am

      Sounds like you’re doing a great job discussing skin color, Liz. Annika told me the other day that she wished she was white, because her two best friends are white (one isn’t, he’s biracial, but his skin is pretty light). So, I think part of it is age and not really understanding all of the subtleties of our culture’s baggage surrounding color.

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