June 25, 2015
In black and white
This child has no frame of reference. No experience. No understanding. No comprehension. Zero.
Now, my child is incredibly privileged. He has never known not having. Our education decisions for him are between which private top-notch education he'll experience. When he struggles at the plate, he goes to a special batting session with a semi-pro coach. And if all goes according to plan, he'll make it to his fourth continent by age 11. And I was privileged. While I didn't have the range of experiences that he has now, it never occurred to me that I would or could be poor or uneducated or discriminated against.
So I struggle with this conversation. Partly, because I know how important it is that he understands what is happening - the futility of it, the unjustness of it, the uneducated unnecessaryness of racism and mob mentality putting yourself over another. But part of me wants to shield him from it all. Because if it makes sense to him, then that means he has a frame of reference - an experience or understanding of how it is possible.
In the midst of all of this, his incomprehension gave me hope that maybe... just maybe...
at 5:00 AM