Friday, December 28, 2012

In Which JBallz is Kinda Racist

Little JBallz has contact with two Djiboutians on a daily basis. One of them is our nanny (the same woman who screamed when she saw Peeta).

She gave these cute little Ethiopian duds to JBallz for Christmas. He loves them. Too much actually. It was more or less the end of the world when I told him that he absolutely could not wear them for four days in a row and that they had to be washed. Anyway...

  JBallz calls her Mozza (like mozzarella) even though that is not even remotely how you say her name. The other Djiboutian that he sees daily is a day-guard guy that we share with our fourplex named Mohammed.

Now, JBallz is almost three and a semi-intelligent little guy. You should see the intricate train tracks he builds (100% positive I have a future engineer on my hands) and he speaks two languages. That's right, English, and the always-useful Amharic, which our nanny speaks to him. (On a side note, we only recently realized that a lot of the gibberish he says is actually Amharic - we just thought he was a slow talker there for a while. Oops. MomFAIL) He also knows all those little toddler things that kids learn - shapes, colors, letters, numbers, etc. 

He's not a stupid kid, so you'd think he wouldn't call EVERY SINGLE BLACK WOMAN HE SEES "Mozza" or EVERY SINGLE BLACK MAN HE SEES "Mohammed".
 He seriously feels no shame about calling out to random strangers and saying things like "Hey Mozza, I want a snack!" or "Mohammed, gimme high-five! Up high? Down low? Too slow!"

I think it's completely embarrassing.

Mozza thinks it's hilarious.

Anyway, I live in Africa with a racist toddler so that's...fantastic.


Nomads By Nature said...

ok - going on 8 months with no updates. You ok? Qat got your tongue?

Nomads By Nature said...

Hoping all is well with you and the family. Been missing your blog. I know you did something super cool for Halloween and all. Maybe you are in a fancy town right now getting your Catching Fire fix? Hoping you are just super busy and coming back to the blog world soon.