My six-year-old son made a brilliant analogy this week… We were discussing biracial familes – his aunt and uncle are Sri Lankan and African-American, and his cousin is African American – and he had asked if they would adopt a white baby.
When we answered that they’d probably adopt a biracial or black baby, he breathed a huge sigh of relief, “That’s good,” he commented enthusiastically. “It would be a little strange for there to be three brown people and one white person in a family.”
“Hey!” I protested, “What about me?!?” (I’m the one white person in a family of three brownish people).
“Well,” he thought for a second, “We’re [his sister and himself] aren’t really brown… We’re light brown, in-between, a mixture.”
It was quiet for a minute. I could nearly hear the processing in his little brain, and out it came, “I’m like a Venn Diagram!”