I was at my oldest son's baseball practice the other night. All of the parent's were congregated on the bleachers and we were chatting lightly about various things. A teenager behind me said, 'Momma, doesn't he remind you of Dontae?' She was referring to my youngest son who is biracial. I am white, his father is African American.
Her mother then says, 'Yeah, because he is a mulatto. He got that good hair and that nice skin.' My son is VERY light and has wavy/straight medium brown hair. I didn't know what to say....I - honestly - smiled stupidly.... I am going to have to spend the next couple months with these moms and didn't want to start off on the wrong foot...but I am wondering was this appropriate? I felt like I should have said SOMETHING. I think all shades are beautiful. His father is very dark. And the 'mulatto' thing was kind of uncomfortable for me, too. Any other opinions?
What would you have said? Or even done?