So, as a black person, I have had to worry alot about my firstborn as she looks alot like me and I have had to talk to her about the way she may be treated in regards to her skin colour. I don’t know if black people in the UK have the culture about having ‘the talk’ with their parents at a young, (sometimes very young) age, but I have had talks/discussions over the years with her.
My problem is now my son. Even though he is half black, he very much looks like his dad, who is Japanese.
In April/May 2020, My hubby told me that there were attacks in the town that he works in against Chinese people. I didn’t really believe it, but there were pictures going around in that area at the time.
It has been about a year since then and upon hearing that there are hate crimes against ‘Asians’, (basically Chinese looking people) in the USA, I was not so shocked as the language used about Covid-19 and it’s origins ignited a fire that enabled this behaviour.
As I live in the UK, I didn’t think anything of it but I have heard of some places where these attacks have happened in the US and Europe.
Now, I am worrying about my son. When I first thought about ‘Asians’ in the UK, when I was younger, this meant people from Indian/Pakistani heritage but now this includes ‘Oriental’ (yes I know that this term is not PC/old school but I still have to catch up with new terms after I have been away from the UK when PC stuff were being developed) people which is why I am worried.
As far as I know, there hasn’t been any attacks where I live but I am still worrying. Am losing sleep over him going to school and back.
Now that the UK is opening up, I fear for his development when he want to go out more. I have told him about being aware of his surroundings but …..
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So, it has been over a year since the UK had it’s first lock down.
They went back to school, last Autumn, then had to stay at home again and back again in February and now have Easter holidays.
During that time my son has only had his hair cut once and that was by his sister back in the Autumn.
Now that the PM has said that more of the economy will be reopening, I can’t wait until he can go to the barber’s because he has an Afro worthy of any I have ever seen. He looks like his dad but his hair is like mine.
I was told that there are a lot of Japanese young people wanting to have an afro, nowadays,so I guess that I am glad that this is natural as it looks like a lot of young people are taking a looonng time to master having Afro hair.
By the way, his hair is dry. Typical teenager.
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