The Mixed Up Blog — racism

Talking to Kids About Charlottesville

Posted by Sonia Kang on

Talking to Kids About Charlottesville

As a state of emergency was being declared in Charlottesville, I decided to call my own emergency family meeting. The kids rolled their eyes and put up a fuss in normal kid fashion but as parents, we are not ones to shy away from tough issues. Sadly, we have had these types of discussions with more frequency in the last couple of years as we have seen an unusually high amount of racism, bigotry, violence and death. As parents of brown children, my husband and I have dealt with many tough issues just as my ancestors have had to deal...

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An Open Letter To Donald Sterling From A Multiracial Mom

Posted by Sonia Kang on

Mr. Sterling, I have four children that are all sports fans. My oldest daughter is a Los Angeles Lakers fan. My other three are Los Angeles Clippers fans. We are a house divided by the sports teams we love and follow.  But this week, we were united in sadness. While watching television, the kids and I heard the racially charged audiotapes that your multiracial girlfriend, V.Stiviano, made of you rambling on about black people and other minorities.  How could we not? It was on every media outlet. More stories came out, alleging that this wasn't your first time exhibiting racism. We...

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