Author Archives: Meera Bowman Johnson

Is it just me?

by Anti-Racist Parent columnist Meera Bowman-Johnson, originally published at Not the Nanny My mother always told me not to stare, but I soon realized that’s not always possible. So I decided that at the very least, if one must silently … Continue reading

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Antiracist Black Family Seeks Antiracist White Families for Friendship, Camaraderie and Fun (race unimportant)

by Anti-Racist Parent columnist Meera Bowman Johnson Recently, for the first time in what felt like forever, my husband and I left a child’s birthday party feeling like we’d enjoyed it as much as our kids. According to him, it … Continue reading

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A Whole New World

by Anti-Racist Parent columnist Meera Bowman Johnson, originally published at Our Kind of Parenting “That’s it Mommy, I want that one!” My three-year-old flung her arm towards a wall of shiny, sherbet-colored princess costumes. “I thought you wanted to be … Continue reading

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Soul food for the next generation

by Anti-Racist Parent columnist Meera Bowman Johnson I’m a Northern black woman who grew up in a family whose idea of a traditional meal was spaghetti with meat sauce. No soul food savvy matriarchs have graced either side of my … Continue reading

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Hair and now

by Anti-Racist Parent columnist Meera Bowman Johnson

A week before my five-year-old daughter’s dance recital, her instructor, Miss Debbie, pulled me aside.

“We’re asking that all the girls wear their hair in a bun.”

I looked at Jasmin’s, golden-brown mane that was pulled neatly into a single puff on the top of her head. Each perfectly spiraled strand was infused with the genetic code of women who came before my child, myself and every other black woman in our family tree. These weren’t the girl next door’s curls. “A bun?”

The fitter-than-thou fifty-something in a black leotard, tights and pink leg warmers looked me squarely in the face. “Yes.”

“I’m not sure if it will do that.” I knew I sounded kind of strange, sitting there talking about my daughter’s hair as if it had a life of it’s own. But it did.

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The nanny wars

by Anti-Racist Parent columnist Meera Bowman Johnson, originally published at Our Kind of Parenting It was ninety-six degrees in the shade but I was way past the point of feeling cute in that Liz Lange swimsuit at our local pool … Continue reading

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Columnist intro: Meera

by Anti-Racist Parent columnist Meera Bowman Johnson I never thought I’d raise my children in the country, but when my husband was offered a professorship at a well-respected liberal arts college in upstate New York, we nixed our plan for … Continue reading

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