“Why bring it up?” Pushing back against White supremacy

“Why bring it up?” Pushing back against White supremacy

by Sachi Feris The other day, my dad was showing my children a video of his wife’s daughter’s circus performance and my three-year-old asked, “Are they girls or boys?” “They look like they’re wearing costumes that ‘girls’ more commonly use…but…

Families Belong Together

Families Belong Together

by Sachi Feris Inspired by Stand for Kids and A Striving Parent, I asked my six-year-old daughter and two-and-a-half-year-old son whether they might like to make rice krispie treats to raise money for immigrant children who have been separated from their…

White as “right:” Why I don’t normalize Whiteness with my children

White as “right:” Why I don’t normalize Whiteness with my children

by Sachi Feris Around the corner from my apartment is a coffee shop with a poster-sized photograph of Marilyn Monroe. My two-year-old son and I have made many trips to this coffee shop and he always points out this image…

Halloween as an opportunity to dismantle White supremacy: Three Things We Believe This Halloween

Halloween as an opportunity to dismantle White supremacy: Three Things We Believe This Halloween

by Lori Riddick and Sachi Feris On September 5th, 2017, Raising Race Conscious Children’s Sachi Feris published a post entitled “Moana, Elsa, and Halloween” that generated various questions and comments. Sachi clarified, on the blog’s Facebook feed, that her discussion…

Moana, Elsa, and Halloween

Moana, Elsa, and Halloween

by Sachi Feris My five-year-old, who I had successfully shielded from Disney princesses until recently, finally figured out that “Let it go” (which she had been singing with her friends for a over a year), was from the movie “Frozen.”…

Playing Monopoly and my “anti-Monopoly” talk

Playing Monopoly and my “anti-Monopoly” talk

by Sachi Feris My almost-five-year-old has attended her fair share of protests since November. Even my 19-month-old raises a fist in protest when my daughter prompts a call and response: “One!” “We are the people!” “Two!” “A little bit louder!” “Three!”…

Sharing the Injustice Boycott and Daily Action with my daughter in 2017

Sharing the Injustice Boycott and Daily Action with my daughter in 2017

by Sachi Feris Since the conversation with my daughter the day after the election, I have found inspiration as an individual and as a parent by participating in the Injustice Boycott and Daily Action. Injustice Boycott describes itself as “relentless, principled, organized…

The Black Santa Claus at our local pharmacy

The Black Santa Claus at our local pharmacy

by Sachi Feris I am Jewish. I did not grow up with a Christmas tree, nor did I have Christmas tree envy, or wish for Santa Claus. Though Chanukah is often considered a “Hallmark holiday,” I have always loved watching…

White bias and dolls: Helping children create meaning around race and gender

White bias and dolls: Helping children create meaning around race and gender

by Sachi Feris A friend once told me the following story: She and her daughter, a blonde-haired, White, three-year-old, were surveying her large collection of dolls. “All of the dolls are blonde,” her daughter observed. “It’s true,” my friend affirmed,…

Interrupting White silence with my children

Interrupting White silence with my children

by Sachi Feris On Wednesday, November 9th, the day after Election Day, I picked up my four-and-a-half-year-old daughter from school with my fourteen-month-old in the baby carrier and told her that we were headed to Manhattan to a protest Trump’s…