Monday, April 5, 2010

Out Of The Mouths Of Babes

I love reading the Chuck Lorre Productions Vanity Cards at the end of their shows but I honestly don't see many of them. I did see one tonight that I want to share. As most of you know Andy and I adopted Sam when he was just 4 months old. He's bi-racial which means that he has parents of two different races. He's one of the most beautiful children I've ever seen.  I don't notice his color that often.  I notice my child.  He once stated exactly what Chuck Lorre has said here. Out of the mouths of babes. Now only if we all could see this way. I know that we do.

I have long believed that part of our problem with resolving race issues in America is our inability to accurately name what we are. Aside from the occasional Johnny and Edgar Winter, there are no white people. Any child with a box of crayons can tell you that white people are, in fact, beige. The sickly ones are gray. Following this crayon logic, one can easily see that there are really no black people. They are brown. Or perhaps raw umber. Or maybe burnt sienna. Frankly, every time I hear someone comment on America's first black president, I can't help thinking, "No, he's not. He's more like caramel." Which is why I think we should all get in the habit of calling each other what we really are. How can you racially slur a man by calling him "beigey" or "umber?" The answer is you can't. Because that's exactly what he is. The melanin doesn't lie. Buy a box of Crayolas and see for yourself. We are all members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Can I hear a kumbaya?
You can find all of the Chuck Lorre Vanity Cards HERE.


Mom of the House said...

I always love to listen to a child describe something. Their descriptions are always so honest and refreshing - not tainted with "political correctness!" Sam is a very smart boy!

rachelizabeth said...

I love the vanity cards! I used to spend hours reading them. This is one of the best I've seen - it's so true and such an important message for everyone!


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