2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, and even as Pride becomes more inclusive and accessible in many ways, it’s critical to remember that Black, Brown, and other non-White voices have often been erased from LGBTQ+ stories. Key figures such as Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera are slowly being recognized for their contributions to the fight for equal rights, but there is still a dearth of media that center queer people of color.
Gerald Donaldson is the family support worker at Leschi Elementary. Recently I had a chance to sit down and conduct a three-part interview with him about the wide-ranging work he’s been able to do at Leschi and throughout the Seattle school system. In this first part of our interview, I asked him to talk about supporting families and implementing restorative practices with students.
The Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality recently released a study looking at how the misperception of Black girls’ age can change how they are treated. Among other effects, they found the “adultification” of young Black girls can lead to less support in school, harsher discipline for infractions, and increased interactions with law enforcement.
Now that a new mixed race baby has joined the British royal family, questions of race and identity are once more percolating through the news. Knowing that someone has a particular racial background still leaves open the question of what being mixed race really means, and no baby, no matter how famous, can answer that. Here’s a list to engage kids and adults in the conversation about mixed race identity.