Friday Fictioneers: Different

I remember my 6th birthday party. My mother told me I could invite six friends. We padded it to 10, and they all showed up. Life was different in 1976.

We had one person of color in our school. Her name was Violet and she was in my class. She was one of my six. I loved Violet, but until that party I never realized she was black.

It wasn’t until her mother came to my birthday party that I saw her color. It wasn’t her mother that was different that day, it was mine.

This week’s photo: © J Hardy Carroll

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61 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: Different

    • That’s what I was thinking too. Now, don’t get me wrong, in my original story the other mothers weren’t rude or anything, in fact, just the opposite. They went out of their way to prove they weren’t rude (or racist) and the child notices that.
      Racism isn’t always about being ugly, its more about seeing color, religion, even sexual preference and treating someone accordingly.
      Sorry…for the long comment.
      Thanks for reading. I appreciate it.

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    • Thanks Lain. I really struggled getting this down to 100 words and being able to tell the story I wanted to tell. Then, when I got it to 106, I noticed I used the word different four times. I never did find a decent word to replace them in my thesaurus, although I was able to turn a phrase (or two) and whittle it down to two times. At that point, rather than fight it, I went with it and used it for my title.

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  1. I remember asking my son what color the new neighbors were and he said “Regular. But they have a blue car.” To this day, I don’t think he sees color. Neither does my granddaughter. Actually, most of the people I know don’t see skin color. They just see people.

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  2. Clever and profound, Dawn. Yes, children learn racism. They learn the subtle language of shaming and pseudo-hierarchies and the way it dirties the purest relationship – the one children make with their peers. Well done.

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  3. A good story, Dawn, and well written. It illustrates how children are not born racist. Racism has to be taught. Unfortunately, too many families in the U.S. seem to be teaching it these days. It’s so sad. —- Suzanne

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  4. A different world indeed. Children don’t see color, don’t know prejudice until they are taught it by parents and society. Maybe it’s them that needs re-educated.

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