As you know, I’m a fan of kids and old people. They have an earnestness to them that I love, and they are uncheckable because of it. It also helps that my YoungOld self tries to not let that part of myself die. This is why I aspire to be the kind of parent who raises children who don’t like being lied to and will call people out on their shenanigans (politely, of course).
On Facebook, a woman named Alanya posted a journal entry that a little boy, named King, wrote as an assignment in school. She wondered whose kid wrote it, and I had the same question. Because this kid is amazing and whoever raised him did well.
In case you can’t read it well, it says:
“Today was not a good learning day. Blah blah blah I only wanted to hear you not talking. You said something wrong and I can’t listen when I hear lies. My mom said that the only Christopher we acknowledge is Wallace. Because Columbus didn’t find our country. The Indians did. I like to have Columbus Day off but I want you to not tell me lies. That is all. My question for the day is how can white people teach Black history?”
When I tell you that King is my newest hero, I mean it! I straight HOLLERED as I read because King lowkey got bars, and he dropped a few. So much truth in so few words! “My mom said that the only Christopher we acknowledge is Wallace. Because Columbus didn’t find our country.” YES, KING. LET EM KNOW. Columbus ol’ wayward ass ain’t find shit and the fact that he has a federal holiday is a shame.
And then he tells his teacher that he can’t listen to lies. Lies are his ear kryptonite and he ain’t here (nor there) for them. Me too, King. Me. Gahtdamb. Too.
Even though he said that was all, he wasn’t finished until he dropped the question of the
day week month year on teacher: how is caucasity teaching noir history? GOOD QUESTION, KING. The only better questions are “Why is Jadakiss as hard as it gets?” or “What REALLY is that on Jermaine Jackson’s head?”
Someone somewhere is all “but he’s rude.” Is he, though? Is his teacher not telling him lies with these lessons when he knows what really happened? This kid is inquisitive and his openness to seeking answers lets me know he is also willing to grow. Plus, he’s willing to listen to a TRUSTED authority figure (his mom) and he is challenging things as presented to him. I think he’s awesome and he will go very far.
And my favorite part (even though the ENTIRE THING is my fave) is how King responded to his teacher’s disappointment with a simple “ok.”
You don’t argue with peasants. It’s like King just knew not to justify himself because HE SAID WHAT HE SAID. And who has the time? King is self-assured in his righteous indignation, and he knows he has every right to be sick of his teacher’s shit. Like a tree planted, he shall not be moved. That “ok” took me CLEAN out! “Ok” after someone says something long, or deep, or that you should have a response to, is next level shade.
King is alright with me.
Whose kid is this? Whoever King’s parents are. They deserve applause because they have raised a truthteller. I hope they bought him something. I know I’d be super proud.