A commentator comes on ESPN and my 3 year old shouts at the top of his lungs, “Mommy! Look! It’s Barack Obama!”
The commentator was, as you may have guessed, African American. Now, my children are cozy with people of color, including their own cousin, so Barack Obama is not the “only” in their experience. Despite this, I immediately cringed, replaying the horrific stereotypical statement “they all look alike” in my head.
Then I got to thinking – my young son looks at an African American man and sees a profoundly intelligent, accomplished candidate for the presidency of the United States.
So, good or bad?