Monday, January 18, 2010

The kids and I spent the afternoon at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis today. It was a great experience for the kids. Jena, I think, is the only one old enough to really grasp the concept of inequality and injustice. I could see how much the images and information pained and confused her. She kept saying, "but I don't understand why anyone would treat people that way". She's very sensitive, so this may have been a lot for her. She did well though and I think they learned a lot. We couldn't take pictures inside the museum (and I forgot to bring my camera anyway) so we don't have any pictures from inside. We will plan another field trip to the museum on a day when it's not so crowded. The line was blocks long, but we didn't mind the wait...

1 comment:

  1. It hurts to try to explain human cruelty to children. My youngest, Tony (12)is by far my most sensitive. Learning about Moses' plight in Sunday school to save his people, broke his heart. Learning about slavery in this country really hurt him; he's got friends of all colors and sizes, and the thought of them being treated badly really bothers him. Last week we went to the holocaust museum with his class, and he hid behind me so his friends wouldn't see his tears.

    People have treated each other cruelly since the beginning of'd think one day we'd realize we're all the same inside. It's only our color/religion/politics that are different. And are those things really worth fighting/killing for?