My 8yo came home all upset a couple of days ago. While she was in the car pick up line some kids were talking about the meaning of their names. When they asked her, she told them her name meant powerful goddess and was an Indian name. They argued that it was a Mexican name, and that she had "Mexican skin" and was not half-Indian. I have absolutely nothing against Mexicans and neither does dd, but she is not Mexican obviously, and this hurt her to be told she's something other than what she is. We live in an area with a large Spanish-speaking population from Mexican and other places including at her school. This school has a very diverse population of kids from all nationalities and ethnic backgrounds so you would think that these !@#$ girls would be more aware. Also, my dd was Star Student a couple weeks ago, which means she created a poster all about herself and in one of the sections she put a photo of herself in traditional Indian dress, and described her trip to India two summers ago. Anway, she then named off the other people in her family. We all have Indian names (I changed my first name when I married dh) and she explained their meanings, and the two girls who were being mean said that those names were also Mexican names. I went to the internet and printed out a story about the goddess she's named after and said put it in her backpack and she could show them at school the next day. She never showed them because it never came up again. It just makes me so mad. I just don't know how to handle this, but in addition to printing out the name thing, I told her those girls were just ignorant and didn't know as much as they thought they did, and how sad to go through life thinking that you know everything when you are actually wrong about a lot of stuff.
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1/30/09 at 3:21am