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Can Your Name Seal Your Fate?

Parents obsess over baby name choices, but do those choices really matter? Can the names we give our children really affect their life paths? That question is ostensibly asked by this promotional video for the new film "Freakonomics" (NSFW). Unf...Parents obsess over baby name choices, but do those choices really matter? Can the names we give our children really affect their life paths?

Holocaust Program Takes Young People to the Heart of Darkness

Polite society has driven the most overt and ugly expressions of hatred and bigotry underground -- or at least to anonymous posts on the Internet. Which means some kids might grow up thinking the evil behind the swastika and burning cross are th...

School Mural Sparks Charges of Racism

Artist R. E. Wall addresses the crowd as PUSD Superintendent Kevin Kapp, at left, and Miller Valley Elementary School Principal Jeff Lane look on during a rally in support of the mural at the Lincoln Elementary School. Credit: Les Stukenb...

UC San Diego Condemns Frat Party Mocking Black History Month

Would you accept an invitation to this party? Credit: screenshot from KTLA video
Students at the University of California, San Diego who threw an off-campus party could be in trouble with the administration. Not because of underage drinking or ...

Mom Says Math Homework is Racist

A middle-school math teacher is in the hot seat for including an image of a toothless black man on a homework sheet, and at least one parent is calling the illustration racist. The Courier Times in Bucks County, Pa., reports that the African-A...

How Obama Changes Everything

"The fact that Barack Obama was able to kick the doors wide open and open a path for kids like my son, even if my son doesn't want to be President, the fact that it's an option ... that he could actually achieve that, is thrilling." ...

"Hit a Jew Day" shows we've got a long way to go

When I was about five years old, someone spray painted swastikas on our garage door -- which really confused me because we were Catholic. Eventually, I came to understand that it was because my father was Jewish and those that had vandalized our gara...

UK agency gives tips for spotting racist toddlers

In an effort to help teachers and child-care workers spot budding racists, the UK's National Children's Bureau (NCB) has come out with a 366-page guide called Young Children and Racial Justice. The guide includes helpful hints and tips on what to loo...

African-American school coming to Canada

The trustees of the Toronto District School Board recently approved an "operational model" for an afrocentric school, intended to help black students having difficulty in school. In a press release, John Campbell, the board chair said that "The strat...

Racist toy in chocolate egg

I recently learned that the United States does not have Kinder Eggs. Previously, I thought this was woefully sad for the children of the country, for Kinder Surprises are deliciously creamy confections, filled with a "toy" surprise. I remember loving...

Kids arranged by skin color for school photo

Like most little kids, 10-year-old Angela Andrew doesn't see her classmates as a skin color, but as children just like herself. At least she did until last week, when she and the rest of her class at Sandhurst Junior School in Lewisham, south-east Lo...

Fiftieth anniversary of the Little Rock Nine

Fifty years ago, nine very brave children went to school. What made those nine different from every other student at Little Rock Central High was a minor physical characteristic -- the color of their skin. In the wake of a Supreme Court decision decl...

Playing with your kids is not necessary?

A while back, a close family member expressed the opinion that my husband shouldn't be down on the floor playing dolls with Ellie. She felt this was not only a waste of my husband's time, but potentially harmful for Ellie. Her reasoning had something...

Free book: How to be an anti-racist parent

A couple of years ago, Jared was playing with his Fisher-Price Little People (the old ones) and became upset when he couldn't find one of them. I asked him what he was looking for and he said "the black man! I can't find the black man!" Naturally, I ...

Followup: Racial slur on couch label

It was the software. Remember the woman who bought a couch and chairs only to have her daughter discover a label describing them as "nigger brown"? It turns out the problem was with an outdated version of Chinese-English translation software. It seem...

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