Monday, January 18, 2010

civic dreaming

We talked about it, how our country used to be different, how Dr. King came along and said what a lot of people were feeling, how he stood up, how he had a dream and wanted more than anything for everyone to be treated equally no matter what color their skin. I show her his I Have A Dream speech and she actually watches most of it. She marvels at all the people who were there and we talk some more, one of those magical moments where she is really and truly listening. She asks if he's still alive and if we can go see him and I tell her what happened and she wants to see pictures of that too.

She can't understand why someone would want to hurt such a nice man, a man who just wanted everyone to be treated the same, the way we all do. I told her that he scared some people, some people were very afraid of what he had to say and didn't want things to change. That some white people thought white was the only good color and they were better than everyone else. She looks at me and starts laughing. Are you kidding? ARE YOU KIDDING? If I thought that way I wouldn't know X and X and X and X friends and I LOVE them!

And I smile at her and tell her I am not kidding but her saying that is exactly why Dr. King is so important. Because he helped change America. That because of him and others like him things changed and it was good. But she can't let it go. White people were AFRAID of black people? Yes, I say. Are they afraid of them now, she asks and I tell her yes, some people still are afraid of people who look different from them and she pauses for a minute and says are people afraid of Barack Obama? and I nod and say yes, I think some people are and she throws her head back and laughs out loud. Well that's just about the silliest thing I've ever heard she says.

Happy Birthday, Dr. King.



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16 comments:

alejna said...

She gives me hope, your girl.

krista said...

i have hope.
in our children.

meno said...

If you ever ask yourself why you made this move, remember this.

(hi back!)

marymurtz said...

She is the best.

lagata said...

That is one of the most awesome things I have heard. Yes, our children are our hope. While this country, this world, has moved forward over the years, there are many more steps to be taken. Thank goodness for our children - and parents like you :)

Minnie said...

I'm sure you have a lot of proud parenting moments, and many more to come, but this; just yes.

de said...

at what point exactly is it that we become lost and focused inward? because all little kids seem to understand justice, but so few adults do.

our young adults are less mature than they should be, could it be because we are not teaching them, not modeling for them, values that will benefit them and society?

Amy Y said...

It is pretty silly, isn't it?

You are a good Mama :)

mamatulip said...

Hi, babe. I've missed you. :)

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hele said...

you make me feel so young, you make me feel like spring have sprung. love you my sister, wish i could chat to you every day*

Joker the Lurcher said...

that girl is amazing. it would be easy to say 'from the mouths of babes...' but why she is so aware is a lot to do with you not shielding her from life; letting her see that it is not fair but that there is good too. hugs.

Denguy said...

It's a testament to you, Jen, and teachings.

I'd like to know how you'd explain what has happened in Massachusetts.

Kim said...

That girl. She is smart.

You are a good mother....a good, honest mother.

This post makes me smile. Thanks!

jj said...

hello........................................

painted maypole said...

Absolutely fabulous. Dr. King would love it.