Race Based Question(s) From Children: How Would/Do You Respond?

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A few years ago at my old job (elementary school) I was asked by a 7 yr old Mexican American student, why do people call themselves black?  He looked at me and told me that I was not black, but rather dark brown, because my skin was the color of a Snickers candy bar. He looked over to a car and pointed toward a tire, and said that was the color black, and said my skin was not that color, so I should not say I am black, but that I am dark brown. Taken aback by the question, I do not remember how I answered the question, but it is still something I remember from my experience of working in schools.  Just curious for those that have/do work in education, or with young people, have you ever been asked a racially based question and if so, how did you respond?
 
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I used to work at the airport and this one kid said to his daddy "what is wrong with his eyes?", he was refering to me. I'm Chinese
 
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Same reason for why white people are called white... but they're not really white.. they're like a tan
 
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Originally Posted by PassMeTheSoySauce

I used to work at the airport and this one kid said to his daddy "what is wrong with his eyes?", he was refering to me. I'm Chinese

I can't lie I lol'd
 
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We started callin them whites because they called us blacks first..you dont see anyone saying yellows and oranges
 
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Just tell him its just short for saying African American, kinda like a nickname.... dont take it literally. When hes older he can find out the real reason.
 
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