In the supermarket, at the checkout:
Man: I can tell you are going to be a baseball player when you grow up.
Son: *Pauses, tilts his head and gives a closed mouth grin* Actually, no. Baseball isn’t really my thing.
Man: Well, I can tell you are going to be a ball player.
Son: No, I don’t even play baseball.
Checkout lady: Oh, I bet you’re going to be a basketball or soccer player then!
Son: No, I don’t play any sports. It’s just not my thing. There’s nothing wrong with sports or anything, I just have other interests.
Checkout lady: (in a befuddled nearly astonished voice) WHAT!?!? I have NEVER met a kid that looks(!!!) like you that doesn’t play sports.
Man: *chuckling* Right?! never. They all do!
Son: Well, of course you’ve never met a kid like me. I’m one of a kind. There’s not another person like me.
Man: Well, what do you want to be when you grow up?
Son: I’m here to help people. I’m here to inspire. Now.
Man: Oh, so you’re going to be a doctor? *laughing*
Son: No, I’m not.
Man: Well, being a doctor is the best way to help people. What are you going to do to help and inspire people?
Son: (putting the last of the bags in the cart) I’m going to be myself. No matter how much people try to make me something I am not. Have a great night! *flashes ginormous smile*
According to the Paper Trail website, the above conversation is not part of a theatre play or a novel about a twelve year old black boy. It is part of the story of Devonte, “the little boy with a big heart“, who also stars in the story about a picture of a black boy and a white police officer (via Boing Boing).
It’s heart-warming to see that this encounter is possible; but it does not change the fact that the world (including the US) has to eradicate racism.