Managing Editor’s Note
I’m pleased to offer the first two guest posts in our series addressing social justice. In the first, Jennifer Minotti confronts fellow parents after one of their children uses a racial slur against her daughter. In the second, Vanessa Lewis challenges the idea that to “take a knee” during the anthem at a football game is unpatriotic. Lewis questions whether those who insult these NFL protesters are defending patriotism, or are in fact defending the entrenched racist status quo in our country.
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It’s Never Too Early to Talk About Race
by Jennifer Minotti
It was Saturday morning. The kids were gathering their hats and gloves from their baskets near the door, neatly lined up on the tall, antique shelf we bought when we moved back to the city a few years ago. Downsizing was the easy part. The harder part was starting over, grieving the famous, picturesque little Vermont town that no longer worked for us after adopting our three- year-old daughter from Ethiopia.
But now we’re in a much better place, I recently thought. I love being back in Cambridge and my young children have grown to love it, too. When we first returned, my daughter—five at the time—told me, “I like it better here, because people don’t ask me questions all the time.” In other words, people in the city are less intrusive. Less scrutinizing. She’s no longer distinctive. Or obviously out of place. No one stares.
Stella also no longer cries and tries to scrub off her brown skin in the bathtub. (more…)