It was the Friday before Christmas and this was a conversation that I had with one of my students
Student: What is this? (Holding up a picture of a Hanukkah candlestick)
Me: It’s a Hanukkah candlestick
Student: What does this have to do with Christmas?
Me: Hanukkah is a holiday that is celebrated around Christmas by some people
Student: People who don’t celebrate Christmas hate Jesus.
Me: That isn’t true. People can celebrate other holidays and not celebrate Christmas but that doesn’t mean they hate Jesus.
Student: Who celebrates Hanukkah?
Me: People of the Jewish religion.
Student: They hate Jesus.
Me: No, many of the Jewish people do not believe that Jesus is God.
Student: Well they killed Jesus..oh wait its ok they killed a white man.
Excuse me?!?! Being that this student is in the 5th grade, I am thinking there is only one place that I can think of that this is being said…in the home. I get that America hasn’t always treated people correctly but when can we get passed the past?? As a country, we have been trying to make up our mistreatment to the African Americans, Native Americans, Japanese Americans and who knows who else.. As one of the “white people”, I’ve not nothing against any of these groups of people. I do my best to show respect for everyone until they do something to lose my respect. As adults, it is our responsibility to teach the children to respect all ethnicities BUT the parents need to support this as well. I honestly am tired of hearing how racist white people are.