While she might have been a bit young for the content in this movie, it did lead to a great discussion, and I’m glad she felt safe enough to ask me tough questions. Here’s a part of that conversation.
Karis: Why did people blow up the church?
Me: Because back then, there were a lot of white people who didn’t like people with brown skin. They didn’t want to share their town with them.
Karis: Do you like people with brown skin?
Me: What do you think?
Karis: Well, you adopted two people with brown skin.
Me: Yes. Anything else?
Karis: You have friends who have brown skin. And you go on a lot of trips with people with brown skin.
Me: Yes. I have lots of black friends I love very much. And sometimes we go on trips. Any other things that could indicate I like people with brown skin?
Karis: We go to a church with people with brown skin sometimes.
Me: Yes. The way people thought in the movie we watched . . . that was a long time ago. Most people have really changed their views. Now, if someone was to hurt brown people like that, they would probably get in trouble.
Karis: Yeah. Everyone would yell at them. If someone was mean to people with brown skin at my school everyone would say, “Hey! Stop being mean!”
Me: I hope so. And that behavior is called racism. And when someone acts like that, remember that it is a tattling situation.
Karis: Yes. I would tell on them and tell them to stop.
Me: Why did you ask me if I like black people? Were you concerned?
Karis: Well. I thought you did. But I wanted to make sure. And, no offense, but if you didn’t like brown people, I was going to be really mad at you.
Me: That’s fair! I would feel mad about that, too.