Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with These Great Books

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with These Great Books

Positive counter-narratives are important. Children form ideas about groups of people based on personal relationships and media exposure. If the only Hispanic character your kids know is Ramon from Cars, (guilty) they are going to develop implicit bias and stereotypes about Hispanic peoples.

Hispanic Heritage month (Sept 15-Oct 15) is a great time to read, learn, and discuss Hispanic and Latinx peoples and culture with your kids.

Kids & Race Pick of the Week: America’s Musical Journey 3D

Kids & Race Pick of the Week: America’s Musical Journey 3D

“America’s Musical Journey 3D” provides a refreshing take on America’s musical history. While many of the narratives that my generation learned about American music focused on White performers like Elvis, this film gives a broad (but concise) overview of many of the different people who helped create the “American” styles of music--jazz, rock, country, and hip hop.

Why I Was Disappointed in "To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before"

Why I Was Disappointed in "To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before"

When I finally saw To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, Netflix’s highly-anticipated teen rom-com adaptation of Jenny Han’s 2014 novel of the same name, I did not fall in love. Instead, I felt a growing unease that left me feeling incredibly uncomfortable by the supposed “happily ever after” conclusion of the film.

Back-to-School Action Plan: Join the PTA

Back-to-School Action Plan: Join the PTA

Many families who attend our Kids & Race workshops come away inspired to make changes in their community but are unsure what steps to take. Personal reflection, talking with friends and family about racial issues, attending protests, and writing to representatives are all great ways to make positive contributions toward racial equity. But one of the biggest areas where we can have an impact is in our public schools.

Take Your Kids to See “Crazy Rich Asians”

Take Your Kids to See “Crazy Rich Asians”

My first hero was Belle from “Beauty and the Beast.” Maybe she was a step forward. She was brunette, after all, and liked books. She didn’t need Gaston (or any man) to rescue her...until she kind of did...? Watching this movie as an adult, I notice the odd stockholm-syndrome tendencies and wonder if it has some pernicious message about women “civilizing” or “taming” men.

The Plank in My Eye: Reflecting on the Racism I Learned

The Plank in My Eye: Reflecting on the Racism I Learned

As my kids get older, I have become aware of how challenging it is to be the ideal parent that I hope to be. There are things I am consciously trying to pass on to them, but I know that there are also things I am unconsciously, or unintentionally passing on to them as well. As I try (and fail) in these areas, I have revisited some of the conversations my parents and I had. Like me, they were doing their best with what the resources they had at the time.