Is being taken too far, wouldn’t you say?
Now no longer a child
Can have fun running wild
Playing the part of a monkey in a play!
BBC News 23/06/06: A seven-year-old black boy has been withdrawn from a school play by his mother after he was cast as a monkey. Myles Rees was cast as a monkey, alongside one other black pupil and three white boys. Mrs Rees, 39, made an official complaint to the school, saying: "Everyone is aware of the racist connotations of asking a black pupil to play a monkey." The school said the pupils chose the parts they wanted, but a meeting between Mrs Rees and head teacher Helen Heap has failed to resolve the row. Read more about it here
It's a pity isn't it, how sometimes our actions perpetuate that very thing we wish to see abolished? There were 3 white boys who were playing monkeys... perhaps it was indeed a case of some kids choosing a 'fun' part but Mrs Rees has now managed to sow the seed in her son that he is black and therefore different and should be aware of this difference in what ever he does in future!