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Nigerian Assembly

By Guest Contributor Mona Zutshi Opubor Yesterday morning—three months after our move from New Jersey—I attended an assembly at the children’s school in Nigeria. At 7:25 a.m., parents shuffled into the open-walled gymnasium to claim a folding chair. As the … Continue reading

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“I Didn’t Know You Had a Mixed Baby!” My Students React to My Biracial Daughter

By Guest Contributor Balancing Jane I do not wake up in the morning thinking to myself that I have a biracial child. I don’t tickle her and think about the color of her skin or the texture of her hair. … Continue reading

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Why is the ‘normal television family’ always white?

By Guest Contributor SL Huang; crossposted from Racialicious Oh, I know the answer, of course.  A white nuclear family is what networks think everyone can relate to.  And even if people can’t relate, they see and recognize that “ideal” and … Continue reading

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Quoted: Riding In Cars With Black People And Other Newly Dangerous Acts

“What I remember most about that first stop was that he asked “Where are you headed.” Not “license, registration and proof of insurance, please” ─ but “Where are you headed.” ── Eighteen years ─ nine months ─ sixteen days and … Continue reading

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The first week of school and already a racist incident

By Guest Contributor Renee; originally published at Womanist Musings As much as I love my children, I was absolutely giddy to see them get on the school bus last week.  The unhusband and I were singing and dancing, as the … Continue reading

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No, I’m Not Her Mammy, Thanks

I’ve been a mama for eight years, nine if you consider the 36 weeks my uterus was being rented out by my daughter Tiny Smalls. I’ve been a Black woman for over three decades and have experienced various levels of … Continue reading

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White dad, black son and raising kids in a colorblind world

From Colorlines: “Whose baby is that?” “Is that your child?” Shortly after my adopted newborn son arrived, whenever we were out in public, we drew frequent stares and questions from strangers. Though we live in a racially diverse neighborhood, I … Continue reading

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More from CNN: Parents react to children’s doll tests

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Open thread: What box did the President check?

Census time inevitably gets people talking about race. (Those blasted check boxes.) This week’s furor surrounds how President Barack Obama chose to define himself. From The New York Times: It is official: Barack Obama is the nation’s first black president. … Continue reading

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Ebony and Ivory = Perfect Harmony in the Dorm Room?

[Editor's note: When I read the recent NYT article on interracial college roomates, I knew it was an issue that Anti-Racist Parent should tackle. Like many who have commented on the piece, I found it facile, simplistic. As someone who … Continue reading

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Following the Lead

written by Anti-Racist Parenting columnist Liza Talusan The other day, I took my children to a birthday party for their friend, Lucas, who was turning 3 years old. Lucas’s mom is Korean and his dad is Japanese. While spending some … Continue reading

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Peanut Butter and Race Relations

[Editor's note: On Monday, we published Jackie Morgan MacDougall's response to the controversy surrounding her year-old MomLogic post about an incident where her three-year-old son asked why her co-worker's face was brown. Today, we have a response from Morgan MacDougall's … Continue reading

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How I failed my son in one simple question

[Editor's note: A few weeks ago, we discussed an old MomLogic post that was newly heating up the parenting cybercommunity. In it, a mother talked about how she handled a situation where her child asked why a co-worker's skin was … Continue reading

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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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It don’t matter if you’re black or white…or does it?

[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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Learning whiteness

The blog, Stuff White People Do, which is celebrating its one-year anniversary, has re-posted a very interesting article about learned whiteness–the beliefs and values that blogger Macon D (who is white) says are consciously and unconsciously taught to white people, beginning in … Continue reading

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Madonna and adoption: what’s race got to do with it?

[Editor's note: According to the New York Times: "A judge has rejected Madonna's request to adopt a second child from Malawi because of a requirement that prospective parents live in the southern African nation for at least 18 months, another … Continue reading

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What kids are hearing when no one is talking

written by Anti-Racist Parent columnist Paula, crossposted from Heart, Mind and Seoul During my first real job as an adult, I worked for a woman who had a theory about the people in our company who (for whatever reason) didn’t pull … Continue reading

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Joni and us

by Anti-Racist Parent columnist Deesha Philyaw My kids have sent me over the moon with joy. Is it because they are doing well in school? They are, but that’s not why I’m thrilled. Is it because their rooms are tidy? … Continue reading

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Does talking erase the weight of race?

In ARP Links yesterday, Elena Perez pointed us to her post on the California NOW Web site: It struck me that, although her family is racially diverse, Millie doesn’t see it.  Maybe that’s a function of many of us having … Continue reading

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