Through The Static

July 10, 2008

Baby Food: Yo, Britain! Yo Tykes Are RACIST! <- buh, not really

Filed under: Education,Idiots,Oh White People...,PoLicing,Race — bobbleheadedbob @ 8:28 am

Ze BobbLeboT is om nom nomming on astraL racial projections. This should go under ze “Oh, White People!” category. But first – though BobbLebot is the first to admit to writing quite poorly on TTS, BobbLebot is hypocritically critical of and the 1st to criticize poorly written articles for (inter)national news publications. This would be one of them. Just look at ze alarmist title.

Story from Telegraph News:

Toddlers who dislike spicy food ‘racist’

The National Children’s Bureau, which receives £12 million a year, mainly from Government funded organisations, has issued guidance to play leaders and nursery teachers advising them to be alert for racist incidents among youngsters in their care.

This could include a child of as young as three who says “yuk” in response to being served unfamiliar foreign food.

The guidance by the NCB is designed to draw attention to potentially-racist attitudes in youngsters from a young age.

BobbLebot sees RED FLAG #1 – and it ain’t affiliated with any sort of Bolshevik revolution. Or revolution of any sorts. Or evolution for that matter. YES! Let’s solve racism by having adult kettles calling ze ittle rittle baby pots black.

don’t oppress me!

It alerts playgroup leaders that even babies can not be ignored in the drive to root out prejudice as they can “recognise different people in their lives”.

Buh… because recognizing that “diversity’s COOL! =D” has the power to drive out the root of prejudice? Oy(L). Who are the people organizing this program again?

The 366-page guide for staff in charge of pre-school children, called Young Children and Racial Justice, warns: “Racist incidents among children in early years settings tend to be around name-calling, casual thoughtless comments and peer group relationships.”

It advises nursery teachers to be on the alert for childish abuse such as: “blackie”, “Pakis”, “those people” or “they smell”.

racist-in-training

The guide goes on to warn that children might also “react negatively to a culinary tradition other than their own by saying ‘yuk'”.

Staff are told: “No racist incident should be ignored. When there is a clear racist incident, it is necessary to be specific in condemning the action.”

And yet, there’s nothing specific in this article that addresses how exactly the actions will be condemned. If anything, there is a stress on being alert – ALERT – to possible racist attitudes.

::BEEP! BEEP!!!:: <–ze unLoading of a canner WORMS

Warning that failing to pick children up on their racist attitudes could instil prejudice, the NCB adds that if children “reveal negative attitudes, the lack of censure may indicate to the child that there is nothing unacceptable about such attitudes”.

racist

BoBo – picking YER NOSE is WRONG! Bad BoBo, Bad!!! ß doesn’t mean BoBo won’t find pleasure in picking its nose in private.

Nurseries are encouraged to report as many incidents as possible to their local council. The guide added: “Some people think that if a large number of racist incidents are reported, this will reflect badly on the institution. In fact, the opposite is the case.”

Korean dogeater <– RACIST!

Okie dokes. First there’s the article. The very title is the pot calling the kettle “bLack(ie)”. “TODDLERS WHO DISLIKE SPICY FOODS RACIST” reveals the writer’s own racism by, in a facetiously alarmist tone, drawing a conclusion that, based off the NCB’s new guidelines, a distaste for unfamiliar (to Whites, at least), ie, “ethnic,” foods equates to racism. Basically, the “reporter” is trivializing the issue of race and racism – and you can tell in her cursory attention to the people behind the NCB – racially – and what exactly motivated their new aims to police the behavior of children. So yeah. BAD ARTICLE. Moving on — !

Okay, the National Childrens Bureau’s got mad problems as well.

*** They are advising participants in the program to police and report the behaviors, attitudes and ideology of children.

***********Ideology? (idiot-logy?)  With children? Yeah, I know. Being in preschool, I sincerely doubt a 4-year-old has sincerely examined issues of color outside making sure to keep them Crayolas inside the lines.

************Attitudes: Okay – let’s bring this back to food – and on this point, the reporter was right in saying this was a bit redunkulous. Let’s say I’ve got an aversion to bologna-Kraft-singles-mayonnaise-sandwich-on-soggy-Wonderbread. Let’s just say that. And let’s say that Adam White-Smith came to school with a sack of these bologna-Kraft-singles-mayonnaise-sandwich-on-soggy-Wonderbread and I said, “Ewww, NASTY!!!” First of all, a little birdie in me is doubting that the teacher’s going to equate my attitude as racism. HOWEVER, if I brought a vat of kimchi and hotdogs marinating in umeboshi and Adam White-Smith, who’s never known a vinegary pickle in his poor, White-bread life says, “Ewww, NASTY!!!” according to this program, he will be labeled as… RRRRRRRRRRRRRACIST!!! What am I saying? Or, what is it that I’m speculating? I’m speculating that the teachers employing these new measures already have a racialized and ethnographic perception of food – what is and isn’t deemed as “ethnic” or “Other.” Labeling a “GROSS!” for non-Whitebread foods is still labeling a difference from Whiteness, and hence, still teaching children – paradoxically – that difference is present in our foods and that difference is bad.

**+**+**+**+** While I do think that difference is imperative to recognize, creating a hierarchy of difference starting with food is also problematic. Ever had a parent force feed you something you didn’t want to eat with a smile on your face? Yeah, chances are, even though to this day you don’t remember what it tastes like, you aren’t inclined to eat it now. BobbLeBot’s going off on tangents agaiiiiiiiiiiiin…. Wooooooo!

**********Behavioral Policing. Has repression from a higher authority ever really worked? When alcohol was banned, there were speakeasies. When lynch mobs and racial profiling were criminalized… wait – they’re still here? With the advent of the wiretappings and designated “free-speech” areas post-9/11, did that stop the dissent? Or did that pour a rittle bit o overpriced oil on a flickering flame? To tell Adam White-Smith to stop calling Alice Kim a “China Bitch” or to get Rashid Brown to stop calling John Henderson a “Mudderfudding Cracker” doesn’t nip racism in the bud.

**+**+**+**+**Language is an amorphous thing for kids and toddlers. If they don’t know the name for one thing, they’ll make one up for it. If “blackie pakki” is off-limits, you can be sure as hell that a new term will come up to replace it. Even if it’s something as ridiculous as “ring dings bobbledybat” – the meaning behind those words will remain the same. The thing is, you can remove words (or try), but you can’t police the connotation. When Jeebus followers couldn’t openly practice their religion, they drew rittle fishies in the sand. FISHIES.

“Those people.” “They smell.” <– sorry, no commentary. Just found that frakking hilarious.

Sure, ze BobbLeboT is all for White “allies” edumacating themselves and returning to communities of Whiteness to educate, but this is reee-dunculosity. Granted, I don’t know if the NCB is 100% White, but I’ll wager 500 pennies that a good majority of them are, and that the peoples of colors on the board are most likely bourgeois, upwardly mobile and have internalized a desire for a seat at the lunch counter in lieu of frakking the system.

Essentially: what business do White and “White” people have in policing racism when racism was created by and for upholding the structures of White supremacy?

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5 Comments »

  1. That’s kinda crazy. While I think these people have good intentions, ya, there are problems with it, as you have pointed out. I don’t think toddlers have learned racism yet, although it’s not much longer before they do. The spiciness thing is kinda amusing since I’ve heard that Indian food is now one of the, if not the, most popular food in Britain. Well, their bastardized version of Indian food.

    Comment by disciplepete — July 10, 2008 @ 9:16 am | Reply

  2. BASTARDS = DERICIOUSNESS

    p.s. ze roads to hell are paved with shiny, shiny thumbtacks… and good intentions.

    Comment by bobbleheadedbob — July 10, 2008 @ 9:40 am | Reply

  3. thumbtacks, I didn’t know that…have u actually traversed these roads leading to hell? Isn’t it weird that there’s roads to hell to begin with?? Seems like the people who would willingly travel them are too few in order to justify the building of roads.

    I like good intentions! I don’t care if people hate on them. I am big on intentions. If they’re good, then I am forgiving and have hope that people can change for the better.

    Comment by disciplepete — July 10, 2008 @ 11:54 am | Reply

  4. bobbLebot understands it can sound like a negative ned or a critical carNie at times. that said, it may not compute to have new social realities built upon good intentions.

    good intentions are… nice. but should also be viewed through a critical lens. liiiiiiike, one should not use it as a carte blanche for social justice or something even as patronizing as “charity.”

    yay, u bought your “Live Strong” bracelet back in ’03 — but the work doesn’t stop there, does it? once u find out they’ve been manufactured in and shipped from China under questionable labor practices and conditions, are ur ethics livin as strong? not to say you’re a horrible person for jumping on a trendy social justice neo liberal bandwagon of consuming ur way into becoming a “better person,” but i’m just concerned with what happens afterward.

    good intentions well enough, but aren’t good enough.

    manifest destiny –> good intentions. all they wanted was to increase the size of the US so that they could have a fightin chance at surviving as a nation state. to invest in building a powerful economy. to employ millions of Americans. to increase productivity. for the American people, by the American people. And we all know what THAT led to. good intentions. the building of sugar plantations were the good intentions by the White people for the White people. good intentions.

    that’s why good intentions are well enough, but not good enough. waters get rougher once the rough rider stops there.

    call me a skepticaL scallop (i RUV scallops!!!) but i don’t consider mahself a hater. just mebbe a rittle bit of an instigator. for DISCUSSION!!! PERCUSSION!!!

    ::collapses::

    Comment by bobbleheadedbob — July 10, 2008 @ 1:46 pm | Reply

  5. yeah, I wasn’t really calling the bobblebot a hater (altho it might read like that), i was just facetiously being drama. btw, the bobblebot seems to regularly collapse or have circuit overload…i hope u come with a good warranty.

    Ya u have a point about intentions, I guess my enthusiasm for good intentions isn’t absolute. It is pretty much absolute in interpersonal relationships for me…like if something u did upset me, ur intention does matter in how i feel about it/u. But yeah, u make a good point that at a macro level, there can be national leaders and such who sincerely believe that slavery/colonialism/whatever is good for everyone involved.

    In this specific case however, with the toddlers, I still have appreciation for the good intentions…but yeah, there are problems with how it all works.

    Comment by disciplepete — July 10, 2008 @ 9:06 pm | Reply


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