I have had many conversations like this with Maya. Great read.
My aunt just called a few minutes ago to check in on my daughter and me. I told her I was getting M ready for her weekly soccer game and shared an anecdote about how a few seasons ago, when her team was experiencing a pretty disappointing losing streak, M copped the biggest attitude and told me she was sick of losing and didn’t want to play with “those girls” anymore.
“She said that in front of her team?!” my aunt wanted to know.
“No, of course not,” I said.
“You should’ve let her,” she said. “That would’ve woken them up.”
“Maybe,” I said, “but more than likely it would’ve brought the wrath of their parents down on us. Those white dads especially. They get intense about their kids and sports.”
My aunt then backed down. She said she didn’t realize that M had white kids on her team. She…
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