Boy, 7, Branded a Racist for Asking Schoolmate: ‘Are You Brown Because You Come From Africa?’

Russell Myers, Daily Mail (London), February 19, 2012

The mother of a seven-year-old boy was told to sign a school form admitting he was racist after he asked another pupil about the colour of his skin.

Elliott Dearlove had asked a five-year-old boy in the playground whether he was ‘brown because he was from Africa’.

His mother, Hayley White, 29, said she received a phone call last month to say her son had been at the centre of a ‘racist incident’.

She was then summoned to a meeting with Elliott, his teacher and the deputy head of Griffin Primary School in Hull.

Ms White, an NHS healthcare assistant, said: ‘When I arrived at the school and asked Elliott what had happened, he became extremely upset.

‘He kept saying to me, “I was just asking a question. I didn’t mean it to be nasty” and he was extremely distressed by it all.’

Ms White claimed she was asked at the meeting to read a copy of the school rules and in particular its zero-tolerance policy on racism.

‘I was told I would have to sign a form acknowledging my son had made a racist remark which would be submitted to the local education authority for further investigation,’ she said.

‘I refused to sign it and I told the teacher in no way did I agree the comment was racist. My son is inquisitive. He always likes to ask questions, but that doesn’t make him a racist.’

The school had launched an investigation after the younger boy told his mother about Elliott’s comment and she complained.

Ms White, who lives in a three-bedroom house with her son and nine-year-old daughter Olivia, has now applied to have Elliott moved from the school.

She claimed she was told there were places at nearby Thanet Primary School, but the council informed her last Friday that this was not the case.

‘I am going to appeal against this decision because I think Elliott is being victimised,’ she said.

Karl Turner, Labour MP for Kingston upon Hull East, last night insisted that the school and Hull City Council had a statutory duty to take racism seriously.

‘However, having spoken to Hayley, I’m satisfied that her seven-year-old son, Elliott, was not being racist in his remarks but just inquisitive,’ he said.

‘It seems the matter has been taken out of all proportion and common sense seems to have gone completely out of the window.’

In a statement, Griffin Primary head teacher Janet Adamson said the school had acted ‘in accordance with the council’s guidance for schools on the reporting of racist incidents’.

Vanessa Harvey-Samuel, head of localities and learning at Hull City Council, said: ‘There is a statutory duty to report any incident that is perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person.’

Last year, it was revealed that teachers are branding thousands of children racist or homophobic following playground squabbles.

More than 20,000 pupils aged 11 or younger were put on record for so-called hate crimes such as using the word ‘gaylord’.

Elliott Dearlove and his mother.

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  • Boereseun

    Haha, this is quite funny! Evening noticing ‘diversity’ is ‘racist’ now.

    The mother did the absolutely right thing by refusing. To label a kid ‘racist’ at the age of five because they noticed a school mate was brown is quite disturbing. No debate needed, Orwellian times are upon Britain. 

    Children have eyes, they look around and ask questions about what they see, not so hard to understand, is it?

  • anonymous_amren

    Good on her, and her son. Shame on everyone else.

    And someone needs to tell Karl Turner that “taking racism seriously” ALWAYS leads to a situation where “the matter has been taken out of all proportion and common sense seems to have gone completely out of the window.”

  • loyalwhitebriton

    The previous Labour government (God, I hate them!) introduced the the Race Relations Act 2000. The current pathetic coalition Goverment hasn’t repealed it, no doubt out of fear of the liberal establisment and media. This Act requires, amongst other things, that teachers report any incident perceived (perceived!) to be racist by the victim, or any other person (any other person!). This act applies even if the ‘criminal’ is a child!

    Thus, even inquiring about another persons race and origins is a ‘Hate Crime’. Even to acknowledge obvious racial diffrences is now a Thought Crime. This would make sense from the leftist point of view, with their obsession with race and equality. I suppose the thinking is: “You will never abolish racism unless you abolish even the very cognizance of race altogether”; thus we are doomed to an existence of denying the evidence of our own eyes, not to mention all of the studies regarding biological and IQ differences.

    Britain is a nasty, Marxist society. Don’t come here. Even for a holiday.

    Finally, an excellent article about this story: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2103556/Seven-year-old-Elliot-Dearlove-branded-bigot-earth-come-this.html

    • Anan7

      “Racist” doesn’t figure into their judiciary thinking.  “Anti-white” is all that matters to them.  We all know what happened to Emma West.  I am curious about how long she will be in prison for voicing what everyone is thinking.

      I see your name as “loyalwhitebriton”.  This is very strange, I thought that this website would’ve been banned in the UK!  The wireless connection where I go to school has this website blocked for “Intolerance and Hate”.

      • loyalwhitebriton

        Interesting that you should say that. I’ve only been on the net since Nov 2011. Before that, I would often use my sister’s or dad’s computer. I looked at sites like Amren, but wouldn’t post just in case it got back to my dad or sister. On one occasion (early in 2011) I attempted to log on to Amren at my local Library, but my local Council had blocked this site for exactly the same reason, ‘Intolerance and Hate’.
        Amren isn’t, yet, banned in the UK as a whole. But it is at my local library. Where next?

        • Anan7

          I am very relieved to see that there is at least SOME common sense left in the hotbed of multiculturalism and anti-White fervor that is Great Britain.  On our side, there is also the YouTube user “MarmiteMan4″ and Nick Griffin.

          On the news this morning I saw a pro-Sharia protest in London.  My God how this country has fallen!

  • WhitesRdumb

    The teacher is a racists for noticing that the kid asking the question was white.

    • Detroit_WASP

      Exactly, the mother should claimed she and the child were both black and dare them to prove otherwise. lol

      And yes, whites are dumb for not fighting fire with fire.

  • dukem1

     So, what did Ms. Dearloves’ husband have to say about all this?
    Huh?
    Sorry, honey, you lie down with dogs, you get fleas.
    You wanna live in a world run by the anything-goes crowd?…In for a penny, in for a pound.

    • Sonya610

      Fleas? The child doesn’t look like a “flea” to me. She gave birth to a beautiful White child and she is apparently doing her best to raise him and instill principals; not sure that is really something to quibble about all things considered.

  • ncpride

    What a cutie and a shame he’s had to go through this. I’m so glad his mom went to bat for him though. This sorta reminds me of my son’s third grade teacher who had a problem when any student said they thought any test or homework assignment was “easy.” They were admonished for saying so becuase it might” hurt the feelings” of other students who might not have found it so easy. This irked me to no end, so I told her that *I* had a problem with any child who could not delight in, or openly feel proud of themselves for their accomplishments. She really didn’t have anything to say to that. For heavens sake, no wonder we are becoming a nation of wimps when we worry so about “hurting others feelings” in an effort to make us all equal which is impossible to begin with!

    • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

      my son’s third grade teacher

      How long ago was this?  Was this a young teacher?  From what I understand, the Under-25 set in public elementary education these days are almost to a tee totally useless and oblivious mantra (no, not THAT mantra) spouting dingbats.

      • ncpride

        How did you guess? She was fresh out of college, in her second year of teaching and that was 2 years ago. Yes, I have learned to be weary of those young teachers, and with good reason.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7TUX5FLXPJULCT66AR6TMN2SZM robert g

    “Karl Turner, Labour MP for Kingston upon Hull East, last night insisted that the school and Hull City Council had a statutory duty to take racism seriously”.___________

    Yeah right buddy, unless that racism is directed at the native population of Britain i.e. whites then things aren’t taken so seriously as for this “form”, I would have told the school PC nazi’s to shove it up their arse.

  • Dirk_Pitt

    The lesson here is.
     Don’t talk to black people, Ignor them, pretend they don’t exist.whatever you do don’t mention them, that is racist.

    • Sonya610

      Excellent advice. Do not speak to them and do not make eye contact…unless of course you think they may be preying on you in which case make direct eye contact and think evil thoughts.  Blacks have good wild/predatory instincts, they naturally sense strength/weakness better than we do.

  • http://jewamongyou.wordpress.com/ Reuben H

    She should have her son, next time he’s in school, pick a random statement by a black pupil and claim he finds it “racist”.  Then, according to their own rules, they’d have to report the “incident” and make the black family go through the same thing.  When they don’t, she can call them on it and make a scene over their double standards.  If many white parents did this, the authorities would have no choice but to amend the rules.

    http://www.jewamongyou.wordpress.com

  • razorrare

    OT..one of my post was  just removed ..am noticing also many of the comments have been alternated according to time posted..any one else notice this? I was also logged out when i never logged out.Anyone else experience the same? 

    • loyalwhitebriton

      I replied to a comment a week or so ago with just two words – Well Said!. It appeared at first, but disappeared later. It must have been a glitch, because the comment nor my reply was remotely inappropriate in any way.

  • Letmypeoplegonow

    This is why we need to use the white genocide mantra.

  • Christopher_Nelson

    Yes, England is insane.  America is following.

    Innocent children asking innocent questions , that must be nipped in the bud.  

  • pfic

    I would have thought they’d want to encourage intercultural dialogue. I guess it’s best just to ignore diversity. Don’t talk to them, don’t engage in business with them, don’t hire them, don’t give them mortgages, don’t spend any time with them at all. If you don’t have any interactions with them, they can’t very well call you a racist can they?

  • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

    Left wingers who spout the left wing mantras are dingbats.  I don’t really have an opinion on Bob Whitaker’s mantra, though I am loving it when Whitaker’s people spam the comment sections of MSM and left-wing website and drives the egalitarians bonkers.

    • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

      Bob Whitaker isn’t a left winger, and the people who frequent his website aren’t left wingers.

  • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

    Before this contretemps gives me any more gray hair.

    I’ll make it as plain as day.

    Leftists who spout leftist mantras are dingbats.  Leftist mantras are dingbatism.

    Bob Whitaker is not a leftist, and not a dingbat.  His mantra isn’t leftist, nor an example of dingbatism.  (Whitaker was once John Ashbrook’s Chief-of-Staff, and wrote/edited The New Right Papers)

    I personally don’t have a strong opinion on the virtues of his mantra or the wisdom of operational mechanics of rightist mantras of any sort, including Whitaker’s.

    However, one of the virtues of Whitaker’s mantra is that when people who support him repeat it on mainstream media or leftist website, it drives the left wing batty.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZEVN4LPXZUIJLUCAPHQ4RGXNZY Lock and Load

    Oh the humor in this!! Children cannot ask simple questions without being called Racist.

  • Anna Tree

    They said that the only difference between the races is skin color. Now even saying brown or black is racist!!!

  • Anna Tree

    Clight12 I think there was a misunderstanding: I think Question Diversity was talking about leftist/liberalist/non-racialist young teacher saying leftist/liberalist/non-racialist mantras.

  • Anna Tree

    Exactly! And his question was not only inquisitive but educative/smart. Actually the school is not only guilty of accusing him of racism, but guilty like all schools nowadays, in not teaching about races differences, included hormonal, intellectual, physical, behavorial etc at the kids’ grades levels! But stop educating kids with facts and they WILL ask pertinent questions, from skin color to why the criminals are often black or the terrorists muslims!

  • Anna Tree

    Clight12, Question Diversity is NOT saying that the leftist “dingbats” who spout leftist mantras, read that mantra from Mr. Whitaker!!! Please reread his posts, you are really misunderstanding him.

    Here is some of the mantras that leftists say (this is in my opinion, Question Diversity may disagree with me):

    – race is a social construct
    – all races are equals
    – diversity is a strength
    – affirmative action is anti-discrimination
    – special rights and hate crimes are anti-discriminatory
    – multiculturalism is our salvation
    – Africa is poor because of colonialism
    – No Child Behind will erase the education gap
    – poverty is the motor of criminality
    – global warming (oops climate change) is the product of humanity
    – the right to bear arms increase crimes
    – islam is a religion of peace
    – homosexuality is innate

    – Dalai Lama is a saint
    – abortion is a Human or Woman Right

    etc

    I think that those are beyond mantras by the way. I think those are already dogmas. Dogmas of a new religion, albeit secular this time. Blind faith doesn’t always revolve around a god…