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.
One way to reinforce oppression is to remain silent. It is a defensive move that functions to politely keep those in power powerful, and those without power powerless.
I grew up in the 80s in a small, Midwestern town and never told anyone that both my parents were gay. Finally, when I was 20 years old, I started talking about it. The experience of being silent as a kid fuels my drive as a parent now, to disrupt silence, especially when it comes to talking about race with my kids.
Whitney Houston had it right—I believe the children are our future. I’ve been watching the climate change walkouts, the gun control rallies, the embrace of intersectionality and inclusion that seems to come so naturally to the young with a sense of awe and admiration. But within all that excitement and hope there’s a nagging question. Why are the kids having to work so hard anyway?
Art can work like a kind of magic trick—simply step into a gallery and see your perspective shift in an instant. What is truly amazing is how well the magic works regardless of age or background, if we are willing to let it. Here is a small sampling of some of the local museums and art spaces where you can engage with work created by artists of diverse backgrounds.
I’ve been thinking about the intersection of science and equity lately, especially as we look to technology to solve more and more of our problems. One thing we can work on is making sure that we view science and tech as a field where people of all backgrounds and skin colors belong and can excel. Here are few fun non-fiction books that highlight diversity in STEM.
“50 people killed in the attacks…” I freeze. We’re in the car with the radio on and I’ve forgotten to switch the channel from the morning news. I’m wondering if my kids are listening to the story as the reporter continues talking. Should I change the station? It’s a dilemma that’s all too familiar for parents—hate and violence in the news, confronting us again and again with how to explain terrible things to our children.