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What do you do when you hear your little one exclaim: “Let’s play ‘slaves’?”

“Let’s play slaves,” my oldest said to my youngest.  I could hear them in the other room.

“I’ll be the slave and you be my owner.” she said to her.

I interjected from the other room (trying to be casual).  “What are slaves?”  I asked.

“A long time ago black people were taken and owned by white people.  The white people made them work for them.”

“Where did you hear that?” I asked.

“At school,  we learned about it today at school.” She said.

“And how do you feel about that?” I asked.  She looked at me with a blank, yet uncomfortable stare.  I reiterated, “How do you feel about white people owning black people, and I am white?” Read more…

CNN reports: A black First Family changes everything

Jamaal Young was watching Barack Obama and his family greet an ecstatic crowd in Chicago, Illinois, on Election Night when he realized that something seemed wrong.

President Obama and his wife, Michelle, and their daughters, Malia and Sasha, greet the nation.

Obama didn’t shout at his wife, Michelle, to shut up. The first lady didn’t roll her eyes and tell Obama to act like a man. No laugh track kicked in, no one danced, and no police sirens wailed in the background.

Young had tuned in to celebrate the election of the nation’s first African-American president. But he realized that he was witnessing another historic first. A black family was being featured as the first family, not the “problem family” or the “funny family.” Read more…

Another parenting blog it’s okay to “cheat” with

I’m woefully late in sharing this link. Anti-Racist Parent columnist Deesha Philyaw has a delightful new(ish) blog, Co-Parenting 101:

In the wake of our divorce and despite the problems that ended our marriage, we have managed to establish a successful, congenial co-parenting relationship which allows our children to thrive and which causes those who know us to ask, “How in the world do you do it?”

As a stepmom, who is part of a parenting team, I appreciate the blog’s insight. In fact, there is a great fresh post about being “the other woman” in a child’s life. Check out Deesha’s other venture.


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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,, 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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