Anti-Racist Meme

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1. I am:
Croatian and Slovenian.

2. My kids are:
Korean; hubby is German.

3. I first started thinking more about race, culture, and identity when:
When I was very young, early elementary school. My earliest memories include family discussions of our ethnicity and my father’s fascination with the world. That juxtaposed against the incredible whiteness of my environment got the ball rolling.

I became more deeply aware of how race, culture, politics and behavior intertwined growing up in the 50s and 60s. The civil rights movement was a part of the news and classroom discussion, and triggered a deeper interest in things racial and cultural.

4. People think my name is:
French (maiden name) or Jewish (married name)

5. The family tradition I most want to pass on is:
Verbal communication – the art of talking, laughing, telling family stories.

6. The family tradition I least want to pass on is:
Our family has few real traditions, so I can't think of a specific one. If I could control it, I'd definitely like to stop the tradition of cancer and heart disease with my generation.

7. My child’s first word in English was:
Our son’s was ma-ma, and our daughter’s was da-da – pretty mundane stuff, I know, and I'm not sure they count but there you go.

8. My child’s first non-English word was:
I honestly don’t know, but they are likely to have been a German word learned from Dad, or a Korean word learned at home or a cultural event or maybe shopping at the Korean market.

9. The non-English word/phrase most used in my home is:
Hör auf, German for knock it off.

10. One thing I love about being a parent is:
Watching our children become the individuals they were meant to be.

11. One thing I hate about being a parent is:
When my children suffer and I can’t fix their pain.

12. To me, being an anti-racist parent means:
Being willing to learn about racism from people of color, who are the experts. Acknowledging that racism exists and calling it out when I see it. Ensuring that my children know I recognize that racism is a part of our world, and that although I cannot share what they will experience, I will fight it at their sides.

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