man was waiting for his plane at an airport, with his two-year-old
daughter. As they waited, a stranger waiting in the same place approached them
and showed the toddler his tablet. He played kindly with the little girl for a
while, and then they all went their separate ways.
This is a common
occurrence. Anyone who has a young child can tell you that we occasionally meet
kind strangers who enjoy interacting with young children, play with our
children for a short while, and then we all go on with our day. To be sure, it
is a nice thing when it happens, and meeting such people is one of the many
great benefits of having children in the first place.
What's uncommon is
this: The man in this story, the toddler's father, filmed the encounter, then posted it on Facebook. The video went
viral, and then the press caught up with him. At that point, he said this:
in that moment, I couldn’t help but think, different genders, different races,
different generations and the best of friends. This is the world I want for
So a man stops in
the airport to show his daughter some kindness, and what does the parent see?
He sees a black man. He sees a black man. He sees an old
black man. He films it like he's at the zoo, and then posts it on the internet
for other people to see. See? Look, people. A
kindly, old black man played with my daughter.
People who live in
ethnically homogeneous bubbles always seem surprised when they encounter normal people from other cultures. They always
pat themselves on the back for interacting with people of different cultures,
proud of the fact that they could have positive interactions with
It's hard for me to see this as being anything other than another form of racism.