Fortunately, my children haven’t come face to face with very many overt incidences of discrimination. Because of our unique situation with Impi, as a “racially blended family” we attract the odd stare, the odd double take and the occasional comical reaction, it doesn’t bug us, or Impi, and we often have a good laugh about it.
For the first time ever, Paula came face to face with an incident of racism that really “rattled her cage” a couple of weeks ago. She had been taken to someone’s house to watch rugby, while staying over at a friend’s home and apparently one of the adults made a horrible racially derogatory remark about a South African rugby player (J P Pietersen) who happens to be Paula’s favourite and who happens to be a black man. In her own words, Paula “was furious and actually felt like calling the man something very ugly, but knew that, that wouldn’t be right” (whew, thankfully!!) so instead she announced to the group in general that she really loved J P Pietersen and that she thought he was a fantastic rugby player. I can just imagine the look on her face and the tone of voice as she said this! LOL!
I have no doubt that Paula got her message across and I can only hope that the adult in question felt rather shame-faced at being rapped over the knuckles by a 12 year old. I am really proud of Paula for standing up for what she believed in, for having the courage of her convictions and for being bold enough to retaliate in the only way she felt she could as a young girl in a group of adults.