In his innocence, when walking out of Flemington Porsche, I asked my son if there was anything he noticed while inside.
He said, “Nothing.”
But of course he noticed the $194,750 price tag on the 911 Turbo S.
After I pointed out to him that none of the sales consultants acknowledged us during our 15 minute visit, he remained oblivious to my point. From his perspective, the salesmen were helping others. But I pointed out, two reps were chatting it up in the corner and didn’t give us so much as a hello.
He smiled, “Oh.”
I smiled in return. “It is the world we live in,” I said. “Don’t focus on race but be aware and prepared for what you will face as a black boy/man.
His innocence is not the result of me not teaching him, it’s his clean unscathed Spirit. Like his father at age 13, he looks for the good in people first.
Maybe it was the way I was dressed.