Thursday, November 02, 2006

Emergent ethnic identity

My six-year-old doesn't know much about social constructs of race—he knows that there's a huge spectrum of skin colors, but his innocent mind has not yet been sullied with labels. Recently, however, he's begun thinking of his own ethnic identity and reaching certain conclusions:

Ben: "I'm [light brown ethnicity] like Daddy."

Me: "All [light brown ethnicity]? You're not white, too? Like Mommy?"

Ben: "No."

Me: "Not even half?"

Ben offers helpfully: "My butt is white..."

My entire genetic and cultural heritage can be boiled down to pasty buttocks...which do indeed run in my family.

8 comments:

Feral Mom said...

I love Ben. My butt is white too.

Dharma said...

Mine is large and rather pale. Maybe I'm related to Ben too?

Mona Buonanotte said...

I must be your cousin. Funny, I never see you at the Pasty White Butt Family Reunion (but there are SO many of us)....

Klynn said...

I guess I must be a distant offshoot cousin myself. I come from the Huge White Pasty Cellulite-Ridden Jello-Butt branch of the family.

;-)

Becky..Absent Minded Housewife said...

Better than his butt being a pasty green.

Maggie said...

How dear that his definition is so pure and innocent. Count me in to the butt-white family too.

treespotter said...

so who's orange?

(my butt's dark-brownish)

flea said...

Best post evar!