By Sharon Otterman
Children have always sought to act out elements of their favorite books, becoming part of the worlds that the works create. Now, organized role-playing literary camps, like the weeklong Camp Half-Blood in Brooklyn, are sprouting up around the nation.
b. A person existing in such a relationship.
2. Offensive A person of mixed racial descent, especially a person of Native American and white parentage.
3. A half-blooded domestic animal.
Why the phrase "half-blood" needs serious interrogation
"half-blooded a., born of different races; spec. of superior blood or race by one parent only."
If it's not clear what's wrong with the "half blood" concept, think of this. Zeus is the Great White Father of American history. He mates with lesser beings: ordinary Greek women in one case and Native women in the other. The resulting children are half noble white gods and half lowly mud people.
Nobody would use the term "half blood" if, say, an English man and a French woman had a child. That pairing would have no inferior "blood." The term "half blood" exists so a society can label people as tainted members of a lesser race.
Kids may think pretending to be superior white demi-gods is "fun." What they're learning is a system of racial classification similar to those in the antebellum South, India, or Nazi Germany. Is that a good idea? No.
For more on the subject, see Teabaggers: Obama = "Half-Breed" and "Half-Breeds" in The Tin Star.
Below: "Camp Half-Blood in Prospect Park, which is inspired by a book series based on Greek mythology." (Katie Orlinsky for The New York Times)
For more on the subject, see Cooke Defends Offensive "Half-Blood."
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