Author Archives: Maegan "la Mala" Ortiz

You Are Not Safe Mi’ja: Subway Lessons for My Pre-Teen Daughter of Color

by Anti-Racist Parent columnist Maegan “la Mala” Ortiz I live along what is arguably the most diverse subway line, in the most diverse borough, of the most diverse city. This has provided me with more teaching moments than I would … Continue reading

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The Racial and Economic Politics of Babywearing

by Anti-Racist Parent columnist Maegan “la Mala” Ortiz According the Wikipedia, babywearing is the practice of carrying your child in a sling or other type of carrier. The actual term babywearing was coined by Dr. William Sears, father of the … Continue reading

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Parent Panic Over Hispanic Heritage Month

by Anti-Racist Parent columnist Maegan “la Mala” Ortiz Maybe it’s because I’m a conscious Latina parent with a background in activism. Maybe it’s because I hate and don’t identify with the term Hispanic. Whatever the reason, I don’t celebrate or … Continue reading

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Columnist Intro: Maegan

by Anti-Racist Parent columnist Maegan “la Mala” Ortiz My parents, who came to New York City from Puerto Rico as teenagers, were not anti-racists. How else to explain how I, their first born, was named after the priest seducing white … Continue reading

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