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I agree with the pp's that it's totally innocent and unliekly to be taken poorly by anyone. My dd is 3.5, we live in MN (fairly homogenous), and she once yelled across the library at me that "that little girl looks like Obama!" I don't think anyone was offended- the girls smiled and waved at eachother, the mom grinned at me, and that was that. Kids make observations based on what they know. Chocolate is a greta, happy frame of reference in my mind (just think of the brown-colored things in his experience that he could have said instead- in that context, I think chocolate rocks!)
|RACE does not exist.|
Race does not exist in any scientific sense - ie, there is no discernible genetic variation that is linked to race. There is likely to be as much genetic variation between any two black individuals than between a black and a white individual.
That does not mean, however, that race does not exist as a social/cultural construct. Race is a very real, very concrete thing, in a social/cultural sense, and it impacts everyone, all the time. If you are white, you have the privilege to not have to think about your race unless you choose to. If you are not white, it is there, with you, every single day - it affects how people view you, it affects your job and educational prospects, it affects how you will interact with law enforcement, it affects EVERYTHING. It also affects white people, but we're back to the privilege thing, we are the norm, so we don't have to notice it.
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