Tag Archives: phenotype

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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Columnist Intro: Liza

by Anti-Racist Parent columnist Liza Talusan I guess I never really thought of myself as an anti-racist parent, but rather an educator about race and culture. As the Director of Intercultural Affairs at a small Catholic college in Massachusetts, much … Continue reading

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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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Columnist Intro: Lisa Marie

by Anti-Racist Parent columnist Lisa Marie I come to Anti Racist Parent as a black woman, as a transracial adoptee and as a woman who recognizes parts of myself as a mother to my friends, my family, my youth, and … Continue reading

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Ask ARP: What should I do about a conversation about skintone that misses the point?

Dear Anti-Racist Parent, My daughter’s preschool teacher had asked me last month if we had any preference for classroom books on family diversity, and I said I had no preference there, since she expressed no two-mom-related issues. But that she’d … Continue reading

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Having a multicultural doll ghetto is not enough

by Anti-Racist Parent columnist Dawn Friedman Recently I wrote on my blog about trying to find an African American Polly Pocket for my 3-year old daughter. My efforts were only slightly successful – I did find a brown-skinned Polly, kind … 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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Making me a liar: responding to intrusive questions about my children

by Anti-Racist Parent columnist Natasha Sky I hear one question from strangers more often than any other: “Are they all yours?” The second most common question goes something like this, “Are some of your children adopted?” Long ago I stopped … Continue reading

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Butterball

by Anti-Racist Parent columnist Cloudscome I have been trying to write a post about how we come to know white privilege. In particular I am wondering how to talk to other white people about it when they say things like … Continue reading

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Revisiting Desiree’s Baby

by Anti-Racist Parent columnist Sue Lyons-Joell In 1893, Vogue magazine published the Kate Chopin story, “Desiree’s Baby”. The melodramatic tragedy set in antebellum Louisiana involves a foundling mother, her planter husband, and their newborn son. Desiree drowns her child and … Continue reading

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Deciding to talk about it

by guest contributor Tiffany Pridgen As a child I was never specifically instructed on race or culture by anyone in my family, and I’m certain that is fairly unusual for someone from a family of color. The truth is, we … Continue reading

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Miss M goes to China

by Anti-Racist Parent columnist Amber Before we traveled to China to adopt our younger daughter, I expected that a white mom carrying an obviously Asian baby would attract a lot of attention from the locals. In the city where we … Continue reading

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On adoption and race

by Anti-Racist Parent Columnist, Karen Walrond, originally published at Chookooloonks Back in August, a commenter asked what I thought of this article. It was written by a Lisa Lerner, a Jewish-American woman who adopted transracially from India, and who, as … Continue reading

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