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The Boy Teacher and the Father Student # 85; The Racism Talk and a Quiz

Updated on June 17, 2020
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Eric started working with children when he was still one himself. He taught first aid through Scouting. All the way to preaching to youth.

Sunrise on the Bass Trail

Another great day ahead.
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What is It?

I figured that our conversation are growing stale. Our meal table is growing weak with questions and answers as we are 24/7 together. “What is new?” is lame now because we all share it.

This is eclectic to say the least. But life is. We bounce around in life. Wouldn’t it be great to sit down and write a whole novel without things like sleep, eating, outdoors, cleaning and cooking and some movie? And the list goes on. Well no that would not be cool at all.

So sometimes our conversations are long. But sometimes those are boring and we just take out the good parts. Quotes so to speak. I do not want to hijack these with a lecture on how to trim a tree, bougainvillea or rose bush. (However with that said I will soon publish an article about poo, obsession of parents in anything and oral care for child learning, “Clean your room or no desert” :-)

Now there are going to be references to online stuff. The boy is way over a two hour limit. But that includes Zoom school classes and a good bit of homework. I would estimate that he also spends about 30 minutes a day looking things up and learning and then sharing it. Maybe more. And then there is the deal about playing with friends. Problematic with quarantine. Online there is real social interaction – sans physical play. So for every minute on it there must be corresponding outside play. A little rough in our current 100 degree F weather.

Life is a mystical cavalcade or newness mixed with the old. And we seem to love it. Here is a good one for you; “Hey dad, beside you and mom and my hamster who is the smartest mammal in the house?” Well boy that would be you who is the smartest. “See, you said it I am the smartest.” We need to get a dog who could be you. Now that riddle may seem just cute but the reality is that in mathematics and logic it is a mile stone. It requires 3 sets that are not congruent. Mammals, in the house and smartest. He basically removed all but himself from “in the house”. The fish, the birds are excluded for overlapping set reasons all in the negative. Makes my head spin.

F: So son do you know about the riots?

B: Yes, a little bit.

F: What do you think about them?

B: They are bad, they burnt down a police station and people have died.

F: Do you know why they started?

B: A bad policeman killed a bad man?

F: Why do you call them bad rather than what we say?

B: Dad I know that sometimes good people do bad things and it does not make them bad. But you said that sometimes there are just bad people.

F: Why is the poor fellow who got killed “bad”?

B: Mom looked it up. And when you were talking you said he had a bad “rap” sheet.

F: Generally going to prison and using a gun to do a crime is not an indication of a good person. We understand that he was also high on some bad drugs.

B: Maybe he had bad parents.

F: What do you think about the idea of race and racism?

B: That is really weird. I am the only person like me that I know. Mom says she is yellow. I think that is a joke about race.

F: Do you know what color he was?

B: I think he must have been black colored because it is black people who are mad.

F: Let’s table this for now but talk about it in a few.

B: We should say “let’s mesa” like Spanglish.

Perhaps we should teach the boy more about race, but he is a minority so what is the point?

Love and Harmony

Culture, Not Race

Mom's gardening hat.
Mom's gardening hat. | Source

Who Are You Today

The Quiz

Q: What is your favorite color today and why?

B: White because my hamster is white.

Q: What is your favorite online game?

B: PUBg Mobile

Q: Who are your gaming friends?

B: CJ, Leon, iccorndogs, hduzzins, elitez, billybobjoe.

Q: What is your favorite quarantine food?

B: Ice Cream.

Q: Do you like the quarantine Zoom learning more than regular school?

B: Yes.

Q: Is playing outside with mom and I as good as recess?

B: Yes.

Q: How many experiments have you done while home?

B: 4.

Q: How many projects have you done with crafts?

B: 8

Q: How many hours have you done with Zoom and your teacher?

B: A lot.

Q: What is your favorite animal today and why?

B: Hamster because he is my pet. The others are every ones.

Q: What is your favorite learning subject today and why?*

B: Reading because it is easy.

Q: Are your mom and I good teachers and why not?

B: Yes.

Q: I think with all this time together the three of us are becoming best friends. What do you think?

B: No because you are my parents.

Q: You have worldwide gaming buddies now, what is your favorite country of all of them that your buddies are from? I like CJ from Jamaica – you can hear his parents tell him to stop, like us.

B: Jamaica for sure.

Q: Favorite stupid commercial on the net?

B: McDonalds because they are the stupidest.

Q: Fish, birds and a hamster, what is your favorite. I already know but tell me why so you can verbalize your thoughts and feelings. I know boring but it helps you verbalize them to yourself.

B: Hamster because why not.

Q: I want you to make and write a card to your Auntie/Godmother today. It will cheer her up. Do we have a problem with that?

B: Tomorrow?

The quiz is a checkup. Quite random I wonder how many parents do not know their child’s favorite color. We usually ask each other every day and it is cool to know, for no good reason. Well I take that back. The reason and purpose is to make sure we are on the same page, albeit with different perspectives. How well do we really know anyone?

Dads Hat

One hat white and the other black?
One hat white and the other black? | Source

Shakira has a Lebanese Dad and a Colombian Mom

What the Heck?

I am writing a piece on racism. I thought that there must be a good side to the concept. I spent way to much time trying to come up with one. So then I turned my attention to just plain “old” race and the reason for the construct. Perhaps a good reason for that? Again I spent way too much time trying to come up with one to abject failure. Finding no good reason for either I turned to the why.

Think of it this way. Had white Americans thought that there was no race then the justification for considering slaves as chattel would be lost. And that may be the most disturbing of all. You see up until about the time of Americans entering the slave trade. “Race” was not an issue in slavery. What this tells us is that we now knew it was dead wrong and had to find excuses/justifications morally. That was some sick stuff.

So in keeping with this article I came to a conclusion. Just to outright demand my son understands that “race” is all a load of it. There simply is not a separate race in reason.

And I can guarantee there is not room in a heart filled with love for hate or racism.


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Most excellent Anupam. A sermon of this sort is a talk on a moral subject. But I cannot figure out what sermon you are referring to.

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      Anupam Mitu 

      13 months ago from MUMBAI

      Eric, I am sorry but I couldn't get here what sermon you are talking about. I told about my individual belief that how I get agitated when people are not able to understand the point. And made a vague conclusion that everyone must be doing the same, because of which any conflict or argument happens.

      Happy Fathers Day Eric

      Lots of love for your son

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      Eric Dierker 

      13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Mona. His confidence is building up and now he can go on and on about things.

      I almost feel guilty we are having so much fun.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      13 months ago from Philippines

      I love the conversations you have with your little boy. He is so bright and smart, he's learned a lot from you. I also loved your last sentence very very much. Stay safe and stay healthy, Eric.

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      Eric Dierker 

      13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill I was just thinking of the term "racey" and it made me pause. I like the term. That is about as much use of "race" as we need - save speedsters.

      thank you for coming by.

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      Eric Dierker 

      13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Anupam you could have written that about me. My tongue can cut another to the quick just as fast as a lightening strike, so I avoid arguments. Yes, as you mention it, it does seem like hate creeping in. I will think on this today. Maybe a sermon there :-)

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      Eric Dierker 

      13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Nythia today is special. We get to celebrate being children of the Great Father. Happy Father's day to you.

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      Eric Dierker 

      13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Denise you are right. I almost wrote "there is no race in racism". Meaning that there simply are no people who are immune.

      Blessings to you.

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      William Kovacic 

      13 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Hey, Buddy. As always I enjoyed this one. When it comes down to it, there really is only one race - the human race! Thank you and thank your son!

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      Anupam Mitu 

      13 months ago from MUMBAI

      I loved the way you concluded your description at the end. And yes I agree with that, the heart which is filled with love doesn't think of any race, region or religion.

      Any sort of hatred is born as a result of conflicts. What you believe, if your belief is hurt by anyone, whether your close relative or friend or any stranger, you can feel that the seeds of hatred are already sown there.

      For example, usually I try to keep myself away from all the conflicts (as I am a very cruel debater who is a bit stubborn) but once I have to participate unwillingly, I find myself filled with this germ of hatred.

      Just a personal observation. It might be possible for any race, region or religious conflicts.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      13 months ago from Dubai

      I agree that when the heart is filled with love there is no room for hate or racism. We are all children of God.

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      Denise McGill 

      13 months ago from Fresno CA

      Racism is a hard subject to discuss but everyone should discuss it no matter their ethnicity. It is important. Even minorities can be racist.



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      Eric Dierker 

      13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Dora. He is starting to see a world outside of himself. The covid thing kind of sped that up. He didn't just take the changes with a nod and running off.

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      Dora Weithers 

      13 months ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, I like that you and Gabe are open to discuss any topic. By sharing your insights, you learn lots from each other.

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      Clive Williams 

      13 months ago from Jamaica

      Eric, i have no idea why when police kill innocent black men people start digging up the Victims file to see if he was in jail or did any other crime. The police are the handymen for the Judicial System and should act as such. Not because somebody went to jail means that when they are stopped by the cops it is an automatic death. I can see that this Race thing will never stop as many people truly lack understanding as to how the police handle the black race compared to others like white or Asians.

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      Clive Williams 

      13 months ago from Jamaica

      Ruby, welcome to the Jamaican Family (Chad)

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      Eric Dierker 

      13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Flourish I did some time working civil rights and other discrimination issues. We won some and we lost some but I always felt that each time we brought action it chipped at least a little bit away at it. Don't know.

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      Eric Dierker 

      13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby skin tone and coloring is a direct indication of my health. Plain and simple if I look pale, I need to get out and exercise Now, My wife, as is her culture stayed out of the son at all costs. Now she makes sure to get some every day. Of course I said how radiant she looked and she quipped "what I didn't look radiant before"? Lol

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      Eric Dierker 

      13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Manatita thank you for your comment and inquiry. You know how when you ask someone how they are doing and they just auto-respond "fine"? Well we are doing great with less stuff and more time. My wife likes to worry in quick conversation, but she is one hardcore Christian and gives it all up to Jesus.

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      Eric Dierker 

      13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Linda. My mom would bemoan that it was sad that intelligence skipped a generation ;-) All six of us kids would laugh. I showed her, I took up reading Britannica everyday and quizzing her. Then in German she would say "We get too soon old and too late smart".

      Probably, that love of learning is more nurture in my case.

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      13 months ago from USA

      I used to investigate claims of racial (as well as other types of) discrimination so I’ve seen some very unfortunate stuff but I was also in the position to help facilitate corrective action. There’s a long road ahead in building a more civil and just society.

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      Eric Dierker 

      13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mary we get quizzed in Vietnamese stores all the time about Gabe. If one of us was alone with him they seemed to really like talking at/to him. His Grandma named him My San, which means American Saint.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      13 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Mine either Eric. My Grandson, Chad married a beautiful Brown girl from Jamaica and they have three beautiful bronze children. I told her that I had to spend big bucks to get that color. ( Tanning bed ) I loved your talk and quiz with Gabe, you do it so well.

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      13 months ago from london

      You know me, a Heart filled with Love indeed. I have nothing else to offer. How is the boy doing? is the wife dealing well with lockdown and job problems? That kid will be a big man soon, eh? Stay safe and much Love.

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      Linda Lum 

      13 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, I continue to enjoy the heck out of these conversations with Gabe. I like that you phrase the question "what is your favorite [fill in the blank] today, and why?" That gives him the option to change his opinion, and also to consider a defense for his choice and verbalize it. No wonder he's so smart! (Well, genetics helps a bit too).

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      Mary Norton 

      13 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      It is hard to talk about race with kids. Because I am Asian, in many rural areas in Canada where they only see white people, the kids couldn't stop looking at me. Their parents have to turn their faces. We have to expand our understanding of both sides.

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      Eric Dierker 

      13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Pamela I hear you. We are doing real well. We even get out a bit now. Nothing big though. My wife was born in a country with a civil war going on. She is quite prepared to hunker down for some more time.

      I think it important that we know that even including the riots. We probably are looking at about .1% of a problem. Yes every life matters but there is some good news.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      13 months ago from Sunny Florida

      Eric, This is another interesting article as you talk to your son. The three of you seem to be doing quite well considering all the social distancing rules.

      I agree with you about a heart that is full of love leaves to room for hate. I wish the race problem would settle down and we could all just respect each other and get along.

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      Eric Dierker 

      13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill I really think that for 98% of us any racial negativity is bad. The opposite was true. It is so simple and yet so complex.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      My stepdaughter is going through a tough time with the whole "being black" thing. At 23 I was hoping she could avoid it a little such luck. Loved the talk with your son, buddy! Love will rule eventually, right?


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