This post is intended to have an open discussion about the issues I or my children have personally experienced on numerous occasions. It is not my intent to harm anyone. It happens frequently, so I wanted to know if anyone else has a shared experience. Hopefully we can continue the dialogue here…
Kids: Mom can we go to the park?
Me: Okay, we have a little break.
Kids: Yay, can we play on the swings?
Me: Sure, have fun.
Me: (whispers to self) Lets’s see how long before they leave this time!
Kids and I parking and getting out of car.
Mom 1: Hey kids come over here and play in the shade.
Mom 2: Don’t you guys want to play over here it’s cooler.
Mom 3: Okay, kids it’s time to go.
Me: Really, are you kidding me!!!
Are you a Victim or the Offending Party?
There were like 15 kids playing before we pulled up. All of them were made to sit down in the shade on the dirty sand and bark, just so they couldn’t play with my kids.
It happens over and over, time and time again.
As a SAHM and a Homeschooler, it is a special treat when we can go to playdates, park days, field trips and class events. Just knowing that they will have interaction with other children and students their age is a win for me.
I have been in my role for quite some time and I have seen and heard a lot of comments from other parents and mom groups.
It is totally fine to have your friends and groups if that is your thing, but don’t teach the children to dislike other people or another person just because they don’t look like you.
Children play because they want to, it is the parents or other people who fill their hearts and minds with toxic poison.
It is so disheartening to go to home school events and public places with the hopes of meeting new people to interact with and converse with only to leave feeling rejected.
I am with my children all day, so the adult interaction with other mothers or caregivers is always welcome. I have tried to reach out and speak, acknowledge or say hello only to be ignored, shunned, rejected or given the once over. I will add, there are some nice people who will start a conversation with me and allow their children to play, I am not talking about them.
I am speaking about the ones who intentionally, leave when you show up, draw their children away just because the little black kids are here. My children are well-behaved most of the time and they are taught to be respectful and to get along well with others no matter what they look like. I tell them to play and make friends.
My children try to be strong, they have been bullied by other children, kicked, hit, punched, verbally abused had their toys snatched and treated unfairly on a number of occasions. I am definitely not raising punching bags either (this is another topic for another day). As a parent, I try to encourage them and have open conversations when these things happen. You want to protect your children from things like this. Unfortunately, this is a perfect example of the world we live in today. It is really sad!
Have you experienced Playground Racism? Let’s chat, leave a comment below.