I had borrowed a couple of amar chitra katha books and of late KB and KG have been very interested in us reading those books to them. Especially "Dashavatar". KB suddenly asked a very matter of fact question, "Daddy, why is it that the Asuras skin color is always painted grayish and the devas are always peachish?". It was a good observation, one that I took for granted in my childhood. But in light of the Trayvon Martin news, one begins to wonder, how much of this kind of stereotyping starts at a very young age?
We saw a movie on netflix, I just cannot remember the name of it. In it, a black man and his wife get pulled over by a cop while they are driving home. The white officer than insults the man by groping on his wife while checking if she has any arms on her. He stays quiet without defending the wife and just plays it safe so as to not get them into further trouble. I found it rather ridiculous when I was watching it and thought, come on, no one will be this bad and so daring. But now I hear more and more of how a black person has to play it safe and make sure he doesn't get harmed because he seems threatening. Sometimes it is so hard to explain these sort of things to children when they ask such questions.