I agree, they mostly are. But if one knows that some are taught otherwise by racist parents, is it so bad to reinforce that natural tendency to be fine with each other?Yes, I mentioned it after all.
I have a different approach, I think race is something that is brought into the equation by adults while kids mostly are fine with each other.
I wonder too. I suspect the concern for (colour-blind) equality has become mixed up, for some people, with ideas of identity.I have recently read in one of our local primary schools about "dark skinned" kids being targeted and bullied by other "dark skinned" kids for not racially identfying themselves like the other ones, I used "" because that was how it was phrased.
I wonder how that would be taught in a lesson about equality ?
I like your phrase "treat each individual with respect and deal with merit and character."
If by 'loaded statement' you meant the 'Good for you', I agree that can be meant sarcastically, but I really meant good - the teaching that we care all people.