They play baseball from 10 in the morning until bedtime pretty much. My oldest normally announces the games. Neighborhood kids come over to play. It's normally a fun time.
This morning, I get a knock at the door. The lady is furious. She says her daughter (who is biracial) said the boys have been using the racial slur 'niggers.' I was shocked!
Truth is, my oldest had called Nicky, 'nick-ers' as in Nick-er-roo (a nickname his preK teacher gave him) since he was born. I corrected him when he was little because I realized how bad it sounded, with Nick-er-roo, it didn't sound nearly as bad.
I heard him announce it, 'Next to bat is number fifteeeeeennnn, Nick-er Noodle from _____.'
Anyway, I tried to explain this to my neighbor and she just didn't accept it. Told me our family is racist which is a bunch of bologna!! My kids don't look it, but they are half Mexican. I've had her daughter play at our house for years, she eats dinner over here!
The boys are just little. How can I convince the neighbor that the kids meant no harm? They do not even know what racism is; they are nine and seven! This was the ONLY occurrence whatsoever. Geez!