Jaden and I just had a great conversation as I was putting him to bed. He explained to me what he learned at school on Martin Luther King, Jr. day. It went something like this.
Jaden: Mom, who’s birthday was it the other day?
Me: I don’t know.
Jaden: You know, that guy we learned about at school.
Me: Oh, Martin Luther King, Jr.?
Jaden: Yeah, him. Did you know someone shot him?
Me: I did know that.
Jaden: Why would someone shoot him?
Me: Well, there were some people who didn’t like the things he was saying.
Jaden: But he wasn’t saying bad things. He was telling people to be kind and to be respectful.
Me: What other things did you learn about him?
Jaden: Well…(takes a deep breath), when he was alive, if you had dark colored skin, you had to sit in the way back of the bus. And if you had light colored skin, you had to sit in the front of the bus.
Me: Why do you think they had that rule?
Jaden: I don’t know.
Me: Do you think it was a good rule?
Jaden: No. It doesn’t make any sense. You should be able to sit wherever you want. It doesn’t make a difference if you have dark colored skin or light colored skin. What does that have to do with riding on the bus? So, that guy…what’s his name again?
Me: Martin Luther King, Jr.?
Jaden: Yeah, him. He said that people should be able to sit anywhere on the bus. And he said that you should be nice to other people, because they are all the same. Just, some people have dark skin and some people have light skin.
Seems pretty simple to me.