Author Archives: Liz Dwyer

Explaining Michael Jackson

[Editor’s note: Not surprisingly, pop icon Michael Jackson has come up more than once in ARP discussions of race, self-esteem and Eurocentric beauty standards. How does one explain to children a young, black man seeming to morph into a white woman? … Continue reading

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Good hair and bad hair: the silent messages our children receive

by Anti-Racist Parent Columnist Liz Dwyer A couple of weeks ago, I was at someone’s home talking with another woman who was also a guest. As we talked, my two sons were hovering around, quietly doing their usual Power Rangers … Continue reading

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Why I Do What I Do

by Anti-Racist Parent Columnist Liz Dwyer, originally posted at Los Angelista’s Guide To The Pursuit Of Happiness I have worked with almost 100 schools across Los Angeles and Compton over the past 8 years and I definitely have seen that … Continue reading

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Addressing the root of it all

by Anti-Racist Parent Columnist Liz Dwyer Thirty years have passed since the name “Kunta Kinte” was etched into my memory. The miniseries Roots was my first real education about the chattel slavery that held this nation in its grip for … Continue reading

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Columnist Intro: Liz

by Anti-Racist Parent Columnist Liz Dwyer I grew up being called, “white sugar” by my maternal grandmother. My cousin was the “brown sugar”. My grandmother would good-naturedly say that white sugar was the sweetest. Needless to say, my browner-skinned cousin … Continue reading

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