Georgia has a
doll daughter named Chocolate.
When Georgia was two or three we went along to the toy shop and she could choose any doll she wanted.
She chose Chocolate, and then called her Chocolate. Georgia took all of Chocolate’s clothing off as Chocolate had a t-shirt on – so Chocolate gets taken nearly everywhere with Georgia, in exactly the manner as she is pictured above. <The plaster on Chocolate’s leg is due to a recent inury….>
Chocolate goes EVERYWHERE. When Georgia was at pre-primary the rule was “no toys or dolls can come to school … with the exception of Chocolate…”
Georgia would take Chocolate, and when I arrived to collect Georgia most of the teachers and staff would say goodbye to Chocolate, and mention they would see her tomorrow.
I have recently put in a system where Chocolate can only go to school with Georgia on a Monday and Friday, the remainder of the week Chocolate needs to stay home.
I spent a fair amount of time having the discussion that “Chocolate” is not a politically correct term to call anyone who has a skin colour the colour of chocolate. But after about a year I gave up, and decided that I don’t actually find it offensive, and I find it “endearing…”
I have no idea how Georgia came up with the term, but as a child she did, and there was nothing about the term that indicated a sense of smugness or disdain or that it was discriminatory.
Chocolate is Chocolate, and Georgia says that Priveledge (our nanny) is a chocolate colour. She also says her bestie at school is a chocolate colour – but her bestie has a name and is clearly not called Chocolate.
I remember the first time Georgia said “chocolate” and I cringed. I felt it was so awfully politically incorrect – I recall the rucus about calling “peach coloured” crayons “skinny colour” and I recall that the term upset many people.
At the time I was all nodding agreement, but since then I think I have mellowed to the concept.
Would I have felt better if Georgia referred to her skin colour as black or coloured?
I know I should have a deep meaningful heart to heart with my child about how derogative the term “skinny colour” and “chocolate colour” is but I actually don’t think it is. I am not going to convince her not to see colour, because that would be a bit stupid.
She can see that we are all different colours – and she expresses this, but she does not indicate that a “skinny” colour is better or more anything that a “chocolate” colour. The colour is just a fact – the equivalent of her having hazel eyes and me having blue eyes. It just is.
She does not mean it in a horrible way, and it is not offensive to me, but is it offensive?
Possibly I am in the minority. Possibly this is one of the things that people have just blown out of proportion in the quest to be politically correct about everything, and maybe I need to see it in a more “factual” light.
Would it be better to refer to people by their pantone reference number? I am around a Pantone 7401 matte not coated.