- Joined Dec 8, 2004
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?