So much to read this month and so much to share! Grab your coffee and cozy up. Let’s jump right in…
About Michael Brown’s Death & Ferguson….
There is so much to read right now about what has happened. There are numerous posts written by parents sharing both their fury and their fears for their children. I’ve written about it myself. The fear and anger are necessary. They are legitimate. But how do we move forward? Instead of sharing more posts on how terrified we are, I’d like to share these instead.
- Dear White Moms: – This post, written by Keesha Beckford, went viral. And there is a good reason for that. Read Keesha’s letter on BonBon Break.
- 10 Things White People Can Do About Ferguson Besides Tweet – A call to action with some great ideas. I need to print this out and hang it over my desk. Read Kate Harding’s suggestions at Dame Magazine.
On Parenting & Families
- Back to School for Multicultural & Biracial Kids – Frances Diaz-Evans shares fabulous tips for how parents and teachers can promote cultural sensitivity in the classroom and help kids’ unique heritages and backgrounds to be honored, respected, and celebrated. She also pulls in some tips from other parents. I’m sharing this one with my kids’ teachers! Read the post on Multicultural Kid Blogs.
- Does My Child Have To Be Better Because She’s Black? – I think this is something many parents raising kids of color struggle with, as we want to see the stereotypes dismantled and ensure they don’t hold our children back. Brandi Jeter offers her take on how we can encourage kids to be successful without handing them the burden of “be better because your black.” Read Brandi’s thoughts here.
- A Greeter At Wal-Mart Tried To Have My Husband Arrested – I appreciate how Jen from People I Want To Punch In The Throat acknowledges that there are different ways to look at these situations that seem to keep popping up of parents in mixed race families being suspected of kidnapping their kids. She struggles with wanting people to trust their gut when something seems off, while at the same time not wanting to discount her husband’s experience of discrimination. Read more here.
- $h!t Not To Say To Mixed Families – This post just cracked me up. I love how Jill takes down some of the questions she gets about her kids by pointing out how ludicrous they are.