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Here’s what reader Ryan M. is thinking about:

The other night I was reading with my 2-year-old daughter Rasine when I came to a page in a copy of Babybug that featured children of several ethnicities and races standing with some stuffed animals.  I’m white and my wife was born in Vietnam and came here when she was just a little bit older than Rasine.  We’re both doing our best to raise her in an anti-racist environment.

When we got to the page with the drawings of children, it got me to thinking: how does Rasine, at only two years old, identify herself? So out of curiosity, I asked her, “Rasine, which of these children do you look like?”  Her finger hovered over the page for a moment.  She drifted away from the Asian child in the picture and looked like she was heading toward the white child.  While her finger landed near the white child, it didn’t land on the white child.

It landed on the pink kitty cat next to the while child.

Does this mean we’re doing a good job of raising an anti-racist child as well as an anti-speciesist child?  :)

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About Tami

Tami Winfrey Harris writes about race, feminism, politics and pop culture at the blog What Tami Said. Her work has also appeared online at The Guardian’s Comment is Free, Ms. Magazine blog, Newsweek, Change.org, Huffington Post and Racialicious. She is a graduate of the Iowa State University Greenlee School of Journalism. She is mom to two awesome stepkids and spends her spare time researching her family history and cultivating a righteous 'fro.
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