Hello adoring fans, it’s been too long. Don’t be fooled by the title, this really isn’t going to be all that deep.

So I’m a qualified teacher now, I assure you there will be a post about the state of teacher education at some point. But yes, I’m a supply teacher, plying my trade in the primary schools of Cardiff.

Preamble done, It’s all too easy for white, middle-class, cis-gender, male, university graduates like myself to glide through life thinking everything is great for everyone. (Un)Fortunately for me, one of my foibles is that I glide through life knowing the world is in fact awful for all.

I was in a Year 2 class last week, the kids were doing some “Shwmae Day” colouring in, because… How else would one promote the use of the Welsh language? One of the kids came up to me to show me the dragon he had coloured in, I did the whole “Wow, that’s such a brilliant dragon, I love how colourful it is!”

Luckily 6 and 7 year olds don’t doubt my sincerity.

“I gave him blue eyes so you know he’s friendly.” Sure, Exhibit A: I’ve got blue eyes and I’m a fucking dreamboat, case closed. The problem for me was that the little artist was Black and had brown eyes. I resisted dropping the truth bomb that actually loads of people with blue eyes are pricks. Instead I opted for a more constructive “I know loads of friendly people who don’t have blue eyes” blah blah blah “Yes, just like you” blah blah blah.

It’s pretty well known that media/society skews the idea of beauty away from “non white” features and characteristics. I’ve heard stuff about the “good” characters in cartoons having blue eyes more often than would typically be expected. Personally I could not confidently tell you the eye colour of a single cartoon character. Maybe kids spend more time looking at eyes and making connections than me. Maybe it is just passive underrepresentation bubbling away failing to disprove these stereotypes. Maybe I’m thinking into it too much, what if in kids minds friendly things have blue eyes and evil things have red eyes and it’s that binary.

Swivelling around for another dose of low level stereotyping (or whatever we’re calling this). Sat in a Year 1 class, a trio of girls were doing some drawings. One of them was drawing her friend/next door neighbour (who attends a different school). Once she had finished, she pointed at the drawing of her friend/next door neighbour and said “She’s a bit weird because she doesn’t like wearing dresses AND she doesn’t even like unicorns.”

Firstly, I’ve never seen the appeal of unicorns, in what world does taking a perfectly good animal and adding a massive pointy horn constitute an improvement. Sure, if there was some sort of underground equine fighting league and I had a choice between backing a horse, a zebra or a unicorn, I’d be a unicorn fan all day long.

Sure they’re only 5 or 6 years old, their world views and ideas of what’s normal are still forming. It just a bit shit that even now society still isn’t enlightened enough to avoid these ideas and expectations.

As with so many of these world issues, individuals can feel like it’s their fault or their responsibility to fix. In reality it’s government and big business who need to start making the changes.

So, until next time, if you’ve got blue eyes, next time you see a small child make sure they notice the colour of your eyes then kick them. Let’s dispel this friendly blue eyes myth.

I always feel a bit uneasy writing about race and gender and all these issues that I don’t experience first hand. I’m not trying to be a saviour of any sort, I’m just doing my best to be an ally.