Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Another problem with living in a city that is 77.9% white

Chris and Ada were looking at the newspaper one recent morning. Ada noticed a photograph of two African Americans, one female and one male. Pointing, she announced: "Gordon and Susan!"

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  1. (un)relaxeddad1/08/2008 9:45 PM

    Not a problem we face in London, though we've had to work quite hard on some of dudelet's personal improvised categories of ethnicity.

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  2. I'm quite impressed that she's versed in vintage Sesame Street. I probably thought the same thing, when I was here age! Actually, my mom tells me that the first time I saw a person of African ancestry, I said, "Mommy, why did that man not wash his face?"

    Thankfully, three year olds have some leeway in the social graces department ...

    ~ laura, who can't read enough Thai to figure out the new blogger commenting form!

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  3. Ada is crazy for old sesame street. She has barely seen any new SS, as it is on at 9am here and I don't need a rest period at 9 right now. (and we don't own a dvr) We tend to watch old sesame street clips on youtube, and she has a 3 dvd set of early shows. Plus her beloved sesame street cds (3 disks of songs, called "Life on the Street").

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  4. We run into this same typecasting- Finn has a Chinese girl in his class and anywhere we go if he sees a girl even slightly asian in her looks he shouts HI KATIE!

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  5. yes we rely on youtube for our street fixes too. I remember quite a few meals constructed thanks to the Sesame Street 1972 that's been posted. (Incidentally, I guess I was my daughters age when that was originally produced. I enjoy that fa ct.)

    Susan so rocks with the "one of these things" segment in that one.

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  6. Why have I never thought of checking youtube? Fabulous ...

    Madeline gives the Sesame Street video podcasts a thumbs up. They're light on the Elmo Factor.

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