posted on Jan, 29 2015 @ 10:37 AM
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This post is NOT a joke, it is a real question!
Ok, question for you guys that I asked my mother.
My executive daughter is mentoring a young girl from a very poor school district, she is 8 years old. She is one of 10 children, one is her full
sibling, Dad doesn't live with her, the oldest sibling is in jail. The school recognized how bright she is, doing fantastic in math and wanted a
mentor for reading and history. My daughter is dyslexic and has overcome it and felt she would be a perfect match to mentor the little girl.
I thought the American Girl books would be a good fit to inspire reading and history for the little girl. So I researched and found there are 2
African-American American Girls. So I ordered some of the books for the little girl. I also went to a "cheap" bookstore to get more books.
My daughter was queasy about me buying the African-American books, since she has quite a few AG books from her childhood. Then when I told the clerk
at the bookstore what I wanted and why, she asked "Is the girl African-American?"
I said yes and she directed me to books that the content could be about any race little girl but the illustrations were Black families.
I purchased several of the books and now have the AG books to give my daughter to take to the little girl for their mentoring time.
Was I racist for looking specifically for books about Black (African American) children?
Would I have been racist just to get a set of the mostly white AG books instead of getting a selection of AG books about mostly black girls (BTW, with
one set of books did come one American Indian girl and one white girl)?
Was I racist for even thinking about race when choosing the books for her?
Would I have been racist for not thinking about race when choosing the books for her?
Was I racist for even buying the books for her instead of letting my daughter take her old all white AG books to mentoring?
These are actual questions that I have been wrestling with.
I am truly interested in your responses.
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