by ARP Columnist, Jason Sperber
If you surf certain corners of the parentblogosphere, chances are you’ve read, or even participated in, some pretty heated discussions about the intersection of race and parenting. Most parentblogs, however, are the creations of individual writers with individual points of view, with debates in the comments forming between readers who agree with the blogger and those who don’t.
I’m interested in looking at how the issues of race, racism and difference are dealt with, or not, in the world of interactive multi-user parenting sites. How do the cultures and environments of different sites and communities affect the discussion of race issues on websites and discussion boards like BabyCenter, ParentsConnect, Blogging Baby, http://www.mothering.com/discussions, and other topical boards like those dedicated to transracial and intercountry adoption?
So, if you have any stories to share, please e-mail me. Any anecdotal research I receive may be used for a future ARP piece. Thank you in advance!
Jason Sperber is a former stay-at-home-dad of a 2-year-old daughter (“The Pumpkin”) and the husband of a family physician (“la dra.”) living in California’s Central Valley. He is currently a writer/blogger/online community manager. A former high school social studies teacher, he has a background in ethnic studies and education for social justice. He writes the blog daddy in a strange land and coordinates Rice Daddies, the group blog by Asian American dads. He can be reached at email@example.com.