After “affectionately” calling her son “a cheeky monkey” this mum found herself accused of being a racist.
Having been caught off-guard by the tirade, the mum explained she was still “reeling” from the encounter, and wondering who exactly is in the wrong, shared The Mirror.
“I was at the park with my son, not many people there, just one other lady with her two kids,” the mum explained on Mumsnet.
“I smiled at her on the way in and she gave me a dirty look.
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“Bit strange but just ignored it. I was playing and we were having a great time, we were laughing and I called him a ‘cheeky monkey’ affectionately.
“This lady storms over to me and tells me not say that around her children (she was black for the record) she was very rude and stood right in my face.”
Having asked her what the problem was, the mum was told “calling my own baby a cheeky monkey was racist because he’s mixed.
“She also said that I was ignorant and that I needed to educate myself because I know nothing about my own child’s race.
“She then told me that I’m ‘just another one of those girls who thinks a brown baby is an accessory’. She then stormed off and I’ve come straight home as the afternoon was ruined and I’m still reeling!”
She asked if she was being unreasonable, and wondered if the other mum was in the wrong before asking “I can call my child whatever I want as long as there’s no malice behind it?!”
Urging the mum to take on board these points, one mum said: “I’m inclined to think that, on the whole, a black woman is going to have a better understanding than a white woman, of what is or is not racist, regardless of the white woman’s relationships.”
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