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#1 Berndt Tőst

Posted 03 December 2012 - 01:38 PM

There's a boy in my daughter's prep class, he's lovely and his mum is also, I'm good friends with her and chat to her most days.

She's from an Italian background (I think) and is quite olive-skinned, as is her son. Today before school he came up to play with my daughter, but two boys that he had been playing with followed him shouting "Hey Bobo! You're it!" ohmy.gif

I live in quite a 'white-bread' area, not terribly multicultural but not totally redneck either. I wouldn't have expected this and I'm quite shocked. Unless I have got it wrong about the meaning of 'Bobo'.

Because the boy had left the game I thought that perhaps he was unhappy about being nicknamed like that, although he's quite a cool kid who's not easily rattled.

Question is, do you think I should tell his mother/the teacher/school admin or leave it to him to tell his mum if he wants to? I don't know who the other boys were, so can't report them specifically.

#2 Mumma_G

Posted 03 December 2012 - 01:44 PM

I would mention it to the teacher. In my experience it is very rare that children of that age even notice skin colour let alone comment on it, unless it is something they have heard somewhere else and even then they dont really understand what they are saying.

#3 akkiandmalli

Posted 03 December 2012 - 01:49 PM

What does Bobo mean?I wouldnt have thought it was racist..
when i hear that i think this
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobobo
lol my ex loved Manga!


#4 Jenflea

Posted 03 December 2012 - 01:53 PM

What on earth does Bobo mean? I've never heard of it, let alone as a racist slur.

#5 Lyra

Posted 03 December 2012 - 01:54 PM

QUOTE (Mrs_Mumma_84 @ 03/12/2012, 02:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I would mention it to the teacher. In my experience it is very rare that children of that age even notice skin colour let alone comment on it, unless it is something they have heard somewhere else and even then they dont really understand what they are saying.


I had a yard duty the other day where one grade three student called another grade three student the N word  ohmy.gif The irony was the name caller was from a Middle-Eastern background so was hardly pale in colour

I have never heard Bobo used as a racist term. When I think Bobo I think clown

#6 Berndt Tőst

Posted 03 December 2012 - 01:55 PM

QUOTE (akkiandmalli @ 03/12/2012, 02:49 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
What does Bobo mean?I wouldnt have thought it was racist..
when i hear that i think this
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobobo
lol my ex loved Manga!


It's a term for an African person that was quite common some decades ago, you don't hear it much now...that's why I'm not sure.

#7 Mpjp is feral

Posted 03 December 2012 - 01:58 PM

the word 'dodo' is big at our school - dodo as in 'you fool'! Sure it wasn't that?

#8 Acidulous Osprey

Posted 03 December 2012 - 01:59 PM

Never heard of it as a racist term and google doesn't have any reference to it as a racist slang term.

#9 Berndt Tőst

Posted 03 December 2012 - 01:59 PM

No, it wasn't dodo.

#10 Black Velvet

Posted 03 December 2012 - 01:59 PM

Could it just be a nickname the kids are using?

I've never heard this word used as a racist word either.

If you are friendly with the mum maybe mention it to her so she could ask her kid about it.

#11 Missy Shelby

Posted 03 December 2012 - 02:03 PM

I have never heard the name "bobo" used as a racist slur but then again I don't tend to mix with many racists so I may not be privy to all the terms they use.

#12 Berndt Tőst

Posted 03 December 2012 - 02:04 PM

Hmmm, maybe I read too many old books. I've certainly come across it used in a racist context, usually when English people refer to African immigrants there. If no one else is familiar with it as a racist word, perhaps I should give these kids the benefit of the doubt.

#13 Bah Humbug

Posted 03 December 2012 - 02:05 PM

What is the childs name? Sounds like it is a nickname that has stuck? Maybe it started out as a mispronunciation of his name and it has stuck?

#14 boysx4

Posted 03 December 2012 - 02:07 PM

Could be to do with Go Diego Go? The Bobo Brothers are the 2 naughty monkeys, so we use Bobo as meaning naughty monkey around here (won't be anymore now I know that it's also a racist term)  ohmy.gif

#15 akkiandmalli

Posted 03 December 2012 - 02:07 PM

as a teacher if i heard this in the playground i wounldnt blink an eye..
i never heard of it being racist before..


#16 Berndt Tőst

Posted 03 December 2012 - 02:14 PM

QUOTE (boysx4 @ 03/12/2012, 03:07 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Could be to do with Go Diego Go? The Bobo Brothers are the 2 naughty monkeys, so we use Bobo as meaning naughty monkey around here (won't be anymore now I know that it's also a racist term) ohmy.gif


Yeah, maybe that's it. There was a time when Africans were openly likened to monkeys, my mum used to have a children's encyclopedia that had photos of monkeys with captions showing them talking like the slaves in Gone With The Wind.

Bobo is nothing like the boy's real name.

So the EB verdict is nothing to worry about?  biggrin.gif

Edited by CancerianMoon, 03 December 2012 - 02:20 PM.


#17 la di dah

Posted 03 December 2012 - 02:17 PM

It's in the racist slur database which was my first google hit, as a slur for black people.

But a lot of uncommon-in-Australia slurs are in there.

#18 fancie shmancie

Posted 03 December 2012 - 02:25 PM

QUOTE (Madame Catty @ 03/12/2012, 03:05 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Google reveals BOurgeois BOhemian aka BoBo



Well bugger me, I'm a BoBo (bourgeois bohemian) and didn't know it.  I just thought I was a bit arty-farty pretentious.  LOL


#19 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 03 December 2012 - 02:25 PM

While I think you are to be commended for being concerned about this I think that it in case there is no need to do anything and just leave the boy and his family to deal with any follow up if they are concerned.

#20 Funwith3

Posted 03 December 2012 - 02:28 PM

I've never heard of 'Bobo' before. I don't imagine young kids would have either... maybe its an inside joke? Or just his nickname?

#21 Liv_DrSperm_sh

Posted 03 December 2012 - 02:40 PM

Do you honestly think that some preps would a) known an archaic racist term and b) use it at school!!??

It would be like hearing a 5 year old calling someone a cad!

I'd give them the benefit of the doubt!

#22 Berndt Tőst

Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:20 PM

QUOTE (Livsh @ 03/12/2012, 03:40 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Do you honestly think that some preps would a) known an archaic racist term and b) use it at school!!??

It would be like hearing a 5 year old calling someone a cad!

I'd give them the benefit of the doubt!


Awww, now I feel all silly blush.gif . Like I said, I read too many old books.

#23 Bob-the-skull

Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:30 PM

i wouldn't think its anything to worry about... most likely some made up nickname/misprounouciation/child insult...

*from the parent who had to stop her DS2 calling another child a chickenbutt - thanks dear niece and nephew!*

#24 tle

Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:30 PM

I've never heard of the term used as a racist slur either but that doesn't mean the kids wouldn't have. At that age, any racist comments the kids are making would likely be repeated from what their parents are saying. So, if these kids parents use that word in a racist context there is every possibility the kids would too.

#25 soapy

Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:39 PM

Gcobani Bobo?? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gcobani_Bobo

Probably not.

Were they playing Rugby?




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