My colleague Seth has agreed that he might just be stupid.
But, let me back up a little. Pickles is my new puppy.
Cute, no? I bought him at the Kenya Society for the Protection and Care of Animals (the pound) in Nairobi. He's a 3-month-old mutt with a little Doberman in the mix. I named him 'Pickles' in honor of the pet name given to the title character in my all-time favorite zombie themed romantic comedy, Shaun of the Dead. He also earned the moniker because I used to live in Mississippi, where Kool-Aid Pickles ("Koolickles") were a popular snack.
|Presenting the Koolickle|
So, my neighbors have decided he's racist.
Back to the pound for a minute: I chose Pickles out of a whole group of adorable puppies because he was the only one eating a rock. So, I don't think he's racist so much as he is straight stupid. And, there's really no comparison point for him, since all the new people he's meeting are African. (Believe it or not, Bungoma isn't really a center of racial diversity.) Further in his defense, he really likes the four Kenyans who live on our compound. So maybe he's not even stupid; maybe he's one of the few toddler-pups ever to recognize stranger danger. But he's not racist!