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When intelligence is seen as “acting white”

by Anti-Racist Parent columnist Tiffany Pridgen I spend a lot of time being the only black person in a group. I’m used to it — that’s the way it’s always been and it’s rare that I ever feel uncomfortable about … Continue reading

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What can parents do about educational inequality?

by Carmen Van Kerckhove The book that completely transformed the way I thought about race and racism was Amazing Grace: Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation by Jonathan Kozol. Before I read that book, I had always … Continue reading

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Do “white schools” make white kids racist?

by Anti-Racist Parent columnist Tereza Topferova Last month, ABC News reported on a study of elementary and high school students, aimed at finding out whether children use race to socially exclude other children from their groups. The study of nearly … 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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Finding a kindergarten for a multiracial family

by guest contributor Natasha Sky My oldest two children are eligible to attend public kindergarten next fall. They have been home full-time since birth, with their dad or me, pretty much living the play-centered life. I began making phone calls … Continue reading

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Columnist Intro: Tiffany

by Anti-Racist Parent columnist Tiffany Pridgen My name is Tiffany Pridgen and I’m pleased to be joining Anti-Racist Parent as a contributor. I’m a stay-at-home momma to a six-month-old little boy, affectionately nick-named “Rosco,” and a lapsed writer. I’m married … Continue reading

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The Racism Radar

by Anti-Racist Parent columnist Vera L My older son got into trouble again at school the other day. I learned about it from his younger brother, who gleefully greeted me after school with the news. “Mommy, Oliver, got benched today.” … 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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How should parents supplement the watered-down history children learn at school?

by Anti-Racist Parent Columnist Michelle Myers As a parent with a school-aged child, I struggle with how much I should interfere with what she learns at school. For example, I dread when Thanksgiving comes around because I’m always certain that … Continue reading

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From Trinidad to Houston

by Anti-Racist Parent Columnist, Karen Walrond Sorry for the long absence; the truth is, my family and I have recently moved from my homeland of Trinidad & Tobago to Houston, Texas. I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t had … Continue reading

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MLK and Black History Month… Are You Ready?

by Anti-Racist Parent columnist Sue Lyons-Joell As I’m writing this, MLK Day is approaching, and once again I brace myself for the onslaught that is Black History Month (BHM). Now, before anyone gets the wrong idea, I think the idea … 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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Careful the things we say – and don’t say

by Anti-Racist Parent columnist Ji In How do you say to a child in the night, ‘Nothing’s all black, but then nothing’s all white’? How do you say it will all be all right, When you know that it mightn’t … Continue reading

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The preschool dilemma

by Anti-Racist Parent columnist Amber When my daughter turned three, my husband and I began the search for a part-time preschool. In addition to finding a match for our academic and location preferences, we wanted to find a school that … Continue reading

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Ask ARP: How to handle racially or culturally insensitive teachers?

Dear Anti-Racist Parent,

ask anti-racist parentI am an adoptive parent of two school age children living in the downstate region of New York State. One of my major concerns has been education and the lack of accurate information presented in our history/social studies classes. I think that teachers, even those with the best intentions, may have unrecognized bias in how social studies is taught.

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