If you are a closed minded person, just don't bother reading the rest of this post.
My husband and I are raising our children to be 'color blinded' when it comes to the color of people's skin. We were both raised by people who were prejudiced against people of any color unlike their own. However, we both feel that it matters not what the color of your skin is, what matters is what is in your heart.
So with that in mind, listen to this.
Our neighborhood has changed a bit in the last 3 months or so. Prior to April it was a melting pot of ethnicity. We had practically every nationality in the world, residing in our small courtyard of 32 townhomes. Nobody ever thought anything different. We were friends with many of them (some we just never met, likely due to them not having children.) and friendly with all. Well, in April new renters moved in. Then in May more moved out and more moved in. So since April we've *welcomed* 8 or so new families and 5 or so have moved away. Our court is now predominantly caucasian.
We had new neighbors move in last month. We, being friendly and having been here for 5 years now, introduced ourselves. We discovered that Mom and Daughter live there and daughter has many friends. They hang out there all the time, sometimes spending the night. I find it interesting that they have a 'melting pot' of ethnicity in their group (they obviously don't have problems with people of other backgrounds!) to include Asian, Caucasian, African American, Hispanic and Biracial.
Now back to my other 'new' neighbors.... because *we*, as in my family, associate with *those people*, their children aren't allowed to associate with mine!!!!! O.M.G. They are just allowing racial hatred and stereotypes and fear to be perpetuated. It sucks. A lot. My children don't understand why they aren't allowed to talk to their friends any more and even the other children don't really understand, but they repeat what they hear, and it's not nice. :-(
I just don't get it.