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Jennifer (black mama) and Monika (white mama) tackle some tough conversations about race and parenting.

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Jennifer (black mama) and Monika (white mama) tackle some tough conversations about race and parenting.

    Your Search Results Are Racist

    Your Search Results Are Racist

    The search engines and apps we use every day are not neutral - they have encoded biases that can reinforce racist stereotypes. In this episode, we talk with Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble, who wrote the book (literally) on search engine bias. We discuss how search engines can perpetuate racism, what we can do to create a more just internet, and why you should never take one of those "Which Disney Princess Are You?" quizzes. 

    • 50 min
    What Took So Long?

    What Took So Long?

    We try to make sense of why white people are seemingly just "waking" up to racism. And how we move forward from here. 

    • 30 min
    What We Got Right... and Wrong

    What We Got Right... and Wrong

    It's been a year since we launched our first episode. We reflect on our parenting wins, where we've fallen short, and what happens when your school ups the ante on anti-racist discourse.

    • 32 min
    What Are You?

    What Are You?

    Have you ever asked this question? Have you ever been asked this question? The multiracial population is the fastest growing demographic in the U.S. Monika and Jennifer talk about our cultural fascination with -- and stereotypes about -- multiracial people. In what ways do we "other" them? Where do they fit in? Fellow mom Kira Onodera joins the show to share her experiences growing up biracial and how that shaped how she's raising her multiracial kids. Jennifer and Monika also ask the question -- how do you pass along a strong and positive racial identity, but not fear, in the age of Trump.
     
    Further reading/listening:
    Study Examines Stereotypes of Biracial Groups in the US
     

    Biracial Youth's Political Attitudes and Self-Identification Factors
     
    Code Switch: All Mixed Up
     
    Multiracial in America
     

    • 44 min
    'White Silence is Deadly'

    'White Silence is Deadly'

    Many white parents have no idea how to talk with their kids about race, so they avoid the topic entirely. But as author and professor Jennifer Harvey, PhD., points out, “White silence is deadly.” This week, we speak with Dr. Harvey about her brilliant book 'Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America.' We discuss why teaching kids to be colorblind doesn’t work, how to desegregate your life, and strategies for raising kids to be allies against racism.

    • 39 min
    Coded Language

    Coded Language

    Diversity, tolerance, politically correct... Jennifer and Monika decode some common and seemingly innocuous words and phrases that, in reality, send racist messages.

    • 28 min

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