Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The racist baby test

British tax dollars at work. I wonder how soon this will be happening here in America.

"Toddlers who turn their noses up at spicy food from overseas could be branded racists by a Government-sponsored agency.

The National Children's Bureau, which receives £12 million a year, mainly from Government funded organisations, has issued guidance to play leaders and nursery teachers advising them to be alert for racist incidents among youngsters in their care.

This could include a child of as young as three who says "yuk" in response to being served unfamiliar foreign food.

The guidance by the NCB is designed to draw attention to potentially-racist attitudes in youngsters from a young age.

It alerts playgroup leaders that even babies can not be ignored in the drive to root out prejudice as they can "recognise different people in their lives".

The 366-page guide for staff in charge of pre-school children, called Young Children and Racial Justice, warns: "Racist incidents among children in early years settings tend to be around name-calling, casual thoughtless comments and peer group relationships."

It advises nursery teachers to be on the alert for childish abuse such as: "blackie", "Pakis", "those people" or "they smell".

The guide goes on to warn that children might also "react negatively to a culinary tradition other than their own by saying 'yuk'".

Staff are told: "No racist incident should be ignored. When there is a clear racist incident, it is necessary to be specific in condemning the action."

I guess all my life I've been harbouring a racist attitude toward Asians since I've never had much of a fondness for steamed rice.

1 comment:

Badthing1 said...

Hi Stormin :)

Well you know how liberal *I* am but I draw the line at "Toddlers who turn up their noses at spicy food from overseas could be branded racists by a Government-sponsored agency" as being completely ludicrous!!!!

I do like the idea, however, of adults educating children as early as birth so that the children have a better chance of growing into individuals who will think before they speak a racist remark.

This involves teaching class, integrity, tolerance, understanding, respect and compassion be used in their interpersonal relationships. Not a bad thing at all for any person to learn.