Some know I am in Belgium often this month, (no worries the hubbie is dealing with all toy deliveries for the time being).
This is not a toy post, but several bloggers advised me to blog about the things I am passionate about. Well this is one of those off-toy-topic post: Racism on the playground. I wonder if British citizens are all in shock by just reading the title.
But Before proceeding, please all note that I have friends in every single religious group and from anywhere in the world. Everyone who knows me, can confirm this. I have lived in the US, Israel, Turkey, Morocco etc, everywhere adapting to the local custom and respecting their ways.
So back to Belgium now, I am in shock, perhaps I am living in the UK for a couple of years now, so it hit me when I heard the following.
My friend’s son is mixed race (3y), when she arrived at my place about a week ago, she complained that some children of a certain religion had been throwing sand at him to chase him away on the play ground in the park around the corner. What?
On a next visit the same happens again. An older boy pretends to be throwing around sand ‘in the air’ but aims at us. We just move and go play somewhere else (giving in to avoid conflict).
On our third visit little C (nearly 2) and her friend are playing in a wooden car on the same playground. A 4y old girl walks up to my little baby – who is just sitting in that car and pretending to drive – and bluntly throws a handful of sand straight into little C’s face. The mum is nowhere to be seen. I am in shock trying to get the sand off.
The 4y old comes again, takes a handful in front of my eyes, grins at me, and throws sand in my daughters face again! I am upset and loudly ask her to stop, both in Dutch and English. She giggles runs off to her elder brother and sister, who tells her to do it again.
Third time round the 4y really knowing what she is doing, throwing sand again, while seeing my daughter crying she has sand in her eyes. I loose my temper, I feel so vulnerable and I have no way to explain my daughter what is happening. I can not yell at someone elses kid, so how do I show my daughter what to do? Leaving will not teach both of them anything ?!
What would you do? Would you loose your temper?
What do you think happened?
If there are answers I might do a follow-up post with what happened.
Ps: I can not stress this enough: I still feel the same about all religions and respect all, the one above is just one extreme group of a certain religion. Everyone not belonging to this group is considered dirty and evil. eg once a boy had fallen from his bike, no-one had stopped to look after him, but when I stopped the car to go and help him, suddenly everyone came rushing screaming I am not allowed to touch him.