File this under "What the hell happened to the British?" The U.K.‘s National Children’s Bureau recently issued guidelines for "play leaders" and daycare supervisors to be on the lookout for racist behaviors in children even as young as three. Such racist behavior is revealed by a child saying "yuk" when served unfamiliar foreign food. Really. "Even babies can not be ignored in the drive to root out prejudice as they can ‘recognise different people in their lives.’" Staff are told: "No racist incident should be ignored. When there is a clear racist incident, it is necessary to be specific in condemning the action." Also, run and tell "the Authorities" as much as possible: "Some people think that if a large number of racist incidents are reported, this will reflect badly on the institution. In fact, the opposite is the case."
So let that be a lesson: Give a three year old foreign food they’ve never eaten before, possibly something spicy, and gauge their racist inclinations. Holy crap.
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