Friday, two weeks ago, I went to a shop. The shopkeeper called my baby “little monkey”. I was angry at her and felt hurt because I’ve remembered what I read in Pramoedya Ananta Toer’s “This Earth of Mankind”. The main protagonist got called Minke (from “monkey”). It is a degrading insult from Dutch colonialist with their blatant white supremacist racism, saying colored people as a resemblance of monkey.
This week I heard my local Australian friend called her own baby “little monkey”. I asked her and she explained that it is common to call babies “little monkey” because they are so cheeky like a little monkey.
What have you been unlearning lately?