Why are all the Hapa kids sitting together?

Daddy in a Strange Land shares a link to a post by Jeremy Adam Smith, senior editor of Greater Good magazine, the blogger behind Daddy Dialectic and author of the upcoming Daddy Shift, due out in spring 2009. Smith writes, in “Why are all the Hapa kids sitting together?” on Beacon Broadside:

Three weeks ago I went to pick up my son, Liko, from preschool and found his class gathered outside the school, waiting for the mommies and daddies.

Something struck me: The white girls huddled in one group and the white boys in another.
Where was Liko? He and his three other part-white/part-Asian classmates, boys and girls, were off to one side, hanging out with each other…

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Like does indeed usually attract like, but prejudice is not the inevitable result. Other, considerably less innocent and natural, factors are in play. It’s us adults, not the kids, who are responsible for the stereotypes and the power. Read more…

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About Tami

Tami Winfrey Harris writes about race, feminism, politics and pop culture at the blog What Tami Said. Her work has also appeared online at The Guardian’s Comment is Free, Ms. Magazine blog, Newsweek, Change.org, Huffington Post and Racialicious. She is a graduate of the Iowa State University Greenlee School of Journalism. She is mom to two awesome stepkids and spends her spare time researching her family history and cultivating a righteous 'fro.
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