My adventures & misadventures in parenting & life.

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Toddlers Saying YUCK Are Apparantly Racist.

Claim: Kids who say 'yuck' may be racist.

Toddlers who say "yuck" when given flavorful foreign food may be exhibiting racist behavior, a British government-sponsored organization says.
The National Children's Bureau in London released a 366-page guide counseling adults on recognizing racist behavior in young children, The Daily Telegraph reported Monday.

The guide, titled Young Children and Racial Justice, warns adults that babies must also be included in the effort to eliminate racism because they have the ability to "recognize different people in their lives."
The bureau says to be aware of children who "react negatively to a culinary tradition other than their own by saying 'yuck'."
"Racist incidents among children in early years settings tend to be around name-calling, casual thoughtless comments and peer group relationships," the guide says.
Staff members are advised not to ignore racist actions and to condemn them when they occur.

So what happens when my four year old won't eat tomatoes because they are "yucky and will "make him dead"?
Am I meant to give him the talk about how colour means nothing it's who we are inside that counts?
Or do I just do what I've always done and finely dice / mush / hide the offending item make sure he doesn't have any on his plate?
He hates the taste of tomatoes, always has done and most likely always will do. They taste yucky" because that is a better description than saying they "taste like sh*t". He eats dried melon, curry, doner meat, loves pasta and nan bread. One of his best friends is indian and he doesn't even seem to have noticed a difference in skin colour and to be honest I honestly don't think he'd care. All he would care about is whether that child will play pirates / Dora or bats with him.

"Yucky" means it tastes bad just like it does for millions of kids it is in no way a form of racism. That is just ridiculous!

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Teena in Toronto said...


My mother was a crappy cook so I said "yuk" a lot! Ha!