Saturday, September 6, 2014

White Dog / Black Dog

It's a game,
just a stupid video game,
but the white dog is more powerful than the black dog,
and my daughter notices the difference.
"That's racist," she says.

Is it?  I don't know.
I mean, it's just a stupid video game.
But she's eleven,
and she notices.

Maybe there's hope for us after all.

For Flash Fiction 55 at Real Toads

26 comments:

Fireblossom said...

Can't slip nothin by her!

Sylvia K said...

Amen!!

Sioux said...

I keep hopin'...

humbird said...

Indeed, they feel right with no thinking involved, you know...

kaykuala said...

Child innocence will say the obvious in a most open way. If only adults can learn from them. Great write MZ!

Hank

Susan said...

Pretty neat kid. Despite a dog game.

Kerry O'Connor said...

It is a good thing that your daughter recognizes inequality - but I long for a time when we don't have run everything by race, a time when a white dog is white and a black dog is black and there is nothing more to it than that.

blueoran said...

Maybe that's the way prejudices are remitted -- each next generation sees through them better. Sure hope so too. I love the way you always complete the thought with such sparing efficiency. I guess I'm too greedy to every properly learn.

Björn Rudberg said...

Those subtle little things that slip into our life.. We need children to see the truth - I thought about the Emperor's new clothes..

Grandmother (Mary) said...

May it be so.

Hannah said...

Nice and then in the same breath...sad and then maybe it's white representing good and light and black representing bad and dark...thought-provoking.

georgeplaceblog said...

I agree Hannah. I think of black and white more in the biblical sense. Remember the cowboys in white or black hats?

I don't know if our children are being more aware of true values or just indoctrinated into political correctness.

Whichever at the very least it is kinder and maybe they will lead the way..

Grace said...

You got a sharp kid there MZ ~

violet dust said...

How does she measure power? I would imagine they each have an impressive skill set, but they just have different strengths. And I'm talking about the video game, not races.

So what does she make of chess?

violet dust said...

Insightful comment from Hannah.

Helen said...

From the mouths of babes ~ forever thankful.

hedgewitch said...

I was playing an RPG from the 90's the other day, and noticed that several of the trash mobs were brown skinned savages with bones through their noses--the only human ones, actually, the rest were the usual goblins and zombies and such. Your daughter is wise. Our racism is so ingrained it thinks for us in all kinds of unexpected ways.

grapeling said...

smart girl ~

De said...

Excellent. Maybe there is, after all. :)

R.K. Garon said...

Yup! I have faith in young people thanks to their parents :-)
ZQ

Susie Clevenger said...

If I child has wisdom to see the racism, perhaps we do have hope.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh my God. She is super-cool!!!!!! Her mama is teaching her well. I saw on the news black dogs have a harder time being adopted. I cant figure that out as the three most wonderful dogs I have ever known are black.

Magaly Guerrero said...

A child that notices these things--weather they are right or wrong--is such a gift. Because they ask. But I'm sure you already know that.

consciouscacophony said...

I think it's fantastic that your daughter noticed....there IS hope for us when people start to notice the insidiousness of the 'isms' shrouded in everyday life.

Margaret said...

Awesome!

Marian said...

cheer!