Apparently, I’m raising a couple of activists. My daughter was just complaining yesterday that Lego makes cool toys for boys and boring ones for girls, so there was much rejoicing in our house upon reading this letter that recently went viral:
Immediately after I showed this to my kids, my Lego-loving son son went straight to work on his own letter to the company. When his older sister suggested that Mama might not approve of the ‘butt’ part, he responded, “Well, Mama says what she thinks, so I’m going to say what I think,” and proceeded to include his own vocabulary choice in his letter even though he knew it meant risking the loss of his precious screen time. (Upon reading the letter, I thought it captured many children’s frustration with the company’s lack of attention to diversity well, so in this case we applauded his accurate choice of vocabulary and had a good little chuckle ourselves!).
He’s not one for beating around the bush, this kid. His teacher recently told me that when his class was discussing the history of Native Americans, she made a comment along the lines of, “The Europeans did a few bad things to the Native Americans.” to which my son promptly responded, “Really?!? Just a few???”
His keen mind sees straight to the core of so many things, and he captured another aspect of Lego’s bias so perfectly in his letter below that I couldn’t resist asking him if he would mind guest-posting on my blog. He graciously agreed. So without further adieu, I introduce to you my slightly sassy, ever truth-telling and fabulous 8 year old son, Jehan:
I know you have to make white people in Lego, but I am biracial and I would like (and probably a lot of other people too) for you [to] make more dark skinned and Chinese legos. I have never seen a Chinese Lego minifigure. Now, if you don’t make these, I will ask me and my friends to go on a strike on Lego! So I mean now and maybe even my whole class!
So I suggest you get your Lego butts working or I will ask the whole school to do a strike on Lego. Now my sister thinks I should NOT post this on Facebook, but a girl named [Charolotte] did, so I am!
Now I mostly play with girls. I think girls aren’t all pink princesses because my friend Arie plays spies with me. She has bows, guns, you name it. Now, my other good friend Emma, she would like to have Lego girls too. Maybe you could have a new form of Legos – Lego Adventure – Lego sales would go haywire.