People craft– taking care of yourselves

You have undoubtedly heard of the Anti-defamation League.


   The original purpose was to stop defamation of Jewish people, but the ADL works to fight injustices for all.  Our black grandson needs the backing of the ADL, but so far my son and daughter-in-law haven’t enlisted their help– here is our family’s recent experience:  D’mitri, a 6th grader, is on an All-star traveling soccer team.  When his team won last Saturday, a kid on the other team whom he had never met, called him a Black Muppet.  Someone who sits behind him in school calls him Blacky Chan (an alternative of Jackie Chan).  Maybe to some people this doesn’t sound so bad compared to last year, when D’mitri was called the N word on the playground.  I truly believe these incidents need to be reported.  My son Johnny reported it immediately to the coach of this kid’s team, but the coach didn’t want to get involved.  Johnny then took it up with someone who oversees the soccer league, and this person will interview the kid with his parents and educate the coach.  It is the coach’s problem.  I would still like the ADL to log this behavior in their system.  People don’t like to be on record.



6 thoughts on “People craft– taking care of yourselves

  1. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    We have called on them and were glad we did. After a similar incident with our son Jake, the ADL visited the nasty bully’s home. We still get dirty looks from the parents.
    D’mitri is such a mild mannered kid.

  2. Kathleen Rowland

    Thanks for sharing, Mary Alice. D’mitri poured a his bottle of water over the kid’s head who called him Blacky Chan.

  3. Dr. Jill

    Racial name calling is bullying. It needs to be stopped. Logging people’s names and the incident is a powerful response. Also it gives the bullied kid great support.
    Dash, the jello-in-the-face is super as well, ha ha.

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