Raising Mothers is a publication devoted to deepening the conversation around issues parents of color face. They are currently publishing writing on the next steps in parenting post-presidential election. When the Founding Editor, Sherisa de Groot contacted me, I knew I wanted to write something on this topic. It felt and feels very alive to me.
It’s a curious thing, writing when we are afraid. I was afraid to tackle the subject even though I was excited about it, but here’s the thing: I could stay inside the fear or I could write against it. Raising Mothers gives writers the opportunity to create social awareness and lift each other up. So I dove into the issue with aplomb and came out the other side raggedy but whole.
Writing the piece and seeing it published were two different animals. It is fucking terrifying to put truths out into a world that deems them unpopular even before you open your mouth. I’m glad I took the chance, and I’m grateful to Raising Mothers for including my voice on this issue. I hope it will inspire empathy in those who have never looked at this issue from the inside and courage to those who have yet to share their voices. Here is an excerpt of my piece along with a link. I hope you are raised by what you read.
“I want to teach my children to love who they are, where they come from and to follow their wildest dreams, but they have already received another message. With the election of Donald Trump for president, America has declared their ethnic differences criminal. The information wound its way into their ears on playgrounds and in hallways. They are fortunate to attend schools that celebrate difference, yet they still begged their father and me to move them out of this country to keep them safe from Trump and the violence he incites against Others.”