By BenFiggy - 21/04/2016 13:28 - United States - Brick
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Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get.
At the beginning he does say " mama always said life was like a box of chocolates" but that's an indirect quote. The direct quote of Forest Gump's mom would be "life IS like a box of chocolates". Past tense. Says becomes said. Is becomes was. The actual quote would say is, but Forest said was.
Well that's not too bad, at least he didn't ask if he was an ape or something like that. I saw someone posted an FML like that once. Kids say the darnedest things!
I mean, your son is 4. Has he been so sheltered that he has never seen an African American or is it just rare or something? But hopefully the guy didn't think too much of it since your son is little.
Hehehe, I'm guessing it's a bit of both. That they live in a city that isn't racially diverse, and perhaps won't let him watch tv or use the internet till he's older. Besides, even if he was informed, kids will still find ways to give funny remarks, lol. It's not uncommon for me (who lives in one of the most multi-racial cities in my country) to have kids point at me and loudly exclaim "Look mommy! It's a Chinese lady!" Like you said, they're so young that most don't think to much of it :P
I'm 25, as a kid I knew one black guy and his mom was white. I lived in a small town, I went to a private school in that small town. Those days, all the black people in our town lived in one area of the town. I don't rememeber hearing and racism from my own immediate family (that came later in high school from other people. Racism is alive in the US today, majorly), it's just how I grew up. Now it's more diverse in our small town but it was mentioned about "those people" moving in, by an elderly neighbor when a black family moved in up the road last week, I don't know what he meant by it, but I'm sure it wasnt good. Nice family, too, they have a little girl my daughter's age, they've played everyday after school, she's very polite. I love to see that in a kid, shows they have good parents.
"they live in a city that isn't racially diverse" you know people can live places besides cities right? In rural US it seems pretty possible for a kid to grow up and only see white people. I grew up in a tiny town (when I say town I mean 1000 people) and there might have been less than 10 black people living there. In my elementary/high school there were probably like 2-3 black students.
I'd take it as a compliment. Shoot, even I wish I was made of chocolate. I would probably cease to exist though, since chocolate is life.
What's the matter, #29? You don't like being compared to something people put in their mouths and consume? You don't like terms of endearment based on how much melanin is in your skin? On a serious note, I imagine that a child literally thinking somebody is chocolate wouldn't be annoying, whereas somebody who knows about different races and uses "chocolate" as an epithet would get old.