What White Parents Can Tell Their Children About The Trayvon Martin Case

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On Monday, I told you about how our kids responded to Trayvon Martin's death, choosing to take a picture in their hoodies.  Today, I'll share seven points we made with our kids as we talked about the case.  As a head's up, this is a long piece.  But as I tell my kids when we are talking about something important, "Sorry, guys, but Mommy's got a lot to say on this topic."1.  We all have negative prejudices based on things that aren't true. We may think that girls cannot be good at math.  Or th … [Read more...]

Trayvon Martin Could Not Be My Son

Trayvon was our brother.

My friend Cameron has been unrelenting in Facebook posts about Trayvon Martin. He's really mad.  Incensed, actually.  Bereft, I think, but he doesn't say so. Sometimes, after reading a particularly indignant post, I worry about his emotional state.Then, a little while later, I worry about my own because I feel so little of what he feels.Don't get me wrong, I was outraged when I learned how Trayvon died and that the shooter was not charged.  I feel sick for his parents.  Ocassionally, I ev … [Read more...]

Some Reflections on Raising Hapa-Haole kids

“Would I be considered an Asian-American actor?” asked my stage-struck 11 year-old thespian son after we listened to an NPR story about a Filipino play—notable because of the scarcity of Asian-American plays (and roles) out there.“Probably. . . do you consider yourself Asian-American?”“No, not really.”“Do you consider yourself White?”“No.”“What do you consider yourself?”He smiled a little sheepishly, “Hapa-Haole.”In Hawaii, folks of mixed ancestry are called “Hapa. … [Read more...]


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