I have four kids - 6,5,4, and 3. The 3 and 4 year old and more than likely copying their elder siblings. But the 6yr old boy and the 5yr old girl are using the term "brown body" as an insult more frequently.
It started innocently, as I assume it always does, they began to recognize differences in people. They would ask why a person had a brown body and we would answer that people can look all different ways. We aren't by any stretch racist, and they attend a school where multiculteralism is embraced, so I am quite positive they aren't picking it up from friends. Now, however, it has gone from merely noticing differences to using the term "brown body" as an insult to us as parents, and to who knows who else.
We have no idea how to deal with this. We have tried explaining that it isn't a bad thing to have a brown body, that this term may make some people sad or some people angry, when they scream at us that we are brown bodies they have some quiet time away from the other kids to calm down.
But really...any ideas as to how we can stop this? Oh...we have also tried ignoring it.