Join me on “Nobody asked you”

Anti-Racist Parent reader Julia recently launched a blog called Nobody Asked You about race and parenting from a white adoptive parent’s perspective. Julia has kindly asked me to join her at 2 p.m. ET, this Saturday, May 23, for the inaugural episode of her companion podcast. The topic? One of my favorite soap box issues: Black hair.

Listen to our conversation live here.

Talk to us at (347) 308-8145.

Read Julia’s blog for earlier posts on navigating the delicate issue of black hair as a white parent:

See, on the playgrounds I grew up on, nappy was not a good thing. I didn’t have a good sense of what it meant, but I knew that it had something to do with being messy and unkempt and maybe even a bit dirty. And it turns out that I’m not alone in having negative associations. My Webster’s defines nappy as “kinky: said esp. of the hair of blacks and used derogatorily or contemptuously.” Urban dictionary includes this definition: “one of African desent who has tightly coiled unkept hair; one with locks of hair that is tightly curled that is unwashed and uncombed” and this definition: “a black persons hair that is not kept up with, or dirty,” as well as a host of other “definitions” that are truly ugly (please do yourself a favor and trust me on this–it’s a site you should skip). Because J.’s hair is lovely, and clean, and neither messy or unkempt, I thought that his hair couldn’t possibly be nappy. How I learn. Read more…

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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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