I don’t get a pass.
As a white woman who was married to and had a child with a black man MY JOB is to DO MY OWN anti-racism work.
Yes, I am Mom to an amazing mixed-race daughter who identifies as black. She is incredible, with a developed sense of social justice.
That does not give me a pass. I’m was not instantly inoculated against racism 20 years ago.
In fact, I must do more to examine my own bias, recognize how racist our world is, acknowledge the privilege I hold, as well as do the work to end racism. My other personal charges are around size acceptance and feminism- however these must both be seen and addressed through an intersectional lens with racism and white supremacy on top.
For other white moms with children of color – I’m happy to talk more. AND listening and learning from voices of color is my primary choice – here are some powerful voices to start with: @rachel.cargle @laylafsaad @desireeadaway @ijeomaoluo
and have a listen to @lizzobeeating
Image ID: against a background of rainbow dots arranged in a circle are the words: As a white mother of a mixed race child I don’t get a pass. I was NOT instantly inoculated against racism when I gave birth. In fact, I must do more to examine my own bias, recognize how racist our world is, acknowledge the privilege I hold, as well as doing the work to dismantle racism.