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.
Well, snowpocalypse threw a wrench into our February, but we want to at least give you all five more Black History Scavenger Hunt clues, for a total of 10. We’re also extending our Scavenger Hunt deadline until midnight on Saturday, March 9th. That gives your team 1.5 weekends to win this thing and bring home the big prize for your organization!
Kids and Race is celebrating Black History Month with a fun game of Black History Scavenger Hunt all around Seattle. Join together with friends, other families, or your coworkers to compete. Read each clue and then head to that location. Take a photo at that site and upload it to Instagram with the hashtag #blackhistoryscavhunt . The team with the most photos and shares will win a $500 grant to the community organization of their choice.
This Friday, February 1st is World Hijab Day. Started in 2013 by American Muslim Nazma Khan, it’s a day where women who don’t normally wear a hijab can try it out to show solidarity with Muslim women.
Curious? K&R Editor Katharine Strange shares 8 facts about the hijab.
America is such a large country that it’s easy to forget that there is a world outside of it. American culture and media have seeped into other countries and we can begin to believe that our traditions are universal, when in fact, they are very particular to our time and place.
The problem comes when kids grow up thinking “My tradition is the correct way” instead of “my tradition is one of many different traditions. My tradition can be special to me, but I can also recognize that other peoples’ traditions are special, too.”
At this very moment, there are grown-ups that resent, ignore, hesitate, or down-right fear touching the subject of race. A feeling that “enough has been said,” a sense that “others can deal with it,” or a belief that “it is here to stay even if something should change.” But as the hands of time continue to tick generation after generation, the same jack-in-the-box keeps popping up because adults can’t control an itch to turn the handle of hatred.