Today, after reading two books and two Scholastic News articles to our class about Martin Luther King, I asked the class if anyone had questions.
Audra raised her hand.
“Why?” She wondered.
“What do you mean?” I asked her.
“Why did people treat the African-Americans differently?” She posed.
And there you have it. The five-year-olds in our class couldn’t comprehend, on any level, why anyone would treat another person differently based on the color of their skin.
We’re going to spend the week learning how Dr. King changed our nation, but it’s kind of nice to know the next generation can’t even fathom how different attitudes were just forty years ago… I wonder how much views will change in the years to come.