Eid Mubarak! Celebrating With My Family

{Editor's Note: The Muslim holiday of Eid ul Adha begins this Friday morning. BlogHer Aisha Iqbal has fond memories of the occasion from her own childhood and is trying to create new memories with her son. How do you pass on your cultural traditions to your kids? --Grace]...more

Russell Means: A Warrior Goes Home

Russell Means, best known as an actor and a Native American activist, died on Monday, October 22 at age 72. While you may recognize him from one of his many films, such as "Last of the Mohicans", Dana Lone Hill, who blogs at Just a Rez Chick remembers him as a warrior for the American Indian Movement and a simply a person who cared about other people. Here's an excerpt of what Dana writes:...more
Thank you for the shout outmore

Will the Supreme Court Side With Abigail Fisher in Affirmative Action Case?

A young Texan’s displeasure with not getting into her family’s alma mater has opened up a controversial topic that is mired a flurry of emotions, and a mire of contradictions. Many American colleges have a policy to encourage diversity on their campuses, but it is now up to the United States Supreme Court to decide whether affirmative action programs are levelling the playing field for minorities or unfairly punishing whites....more
This will probably be flamed, but I don't think there's much of a chance of a major North ...more

It's Not So Easy Giving Your Baby an Arabic Name

[Editor's Note: Naming a child is one of the most fun -- and stressful -- decisions that comes with having a baby. It's even more complicated when your family heritage might lead you to consider non-English names. Aisha Iqbal is trying to decide what to name her son, and here are some of her requirements. Read on and share your advice with her. --Grace] 1. Arabic and/or traditional Muslim name. 2. With a good meaning. Either historical, personal, or literal....more
Our son is Raef, which is Arabic for forgiving, Hebrew for "God has healed", Germanic origins of ...more

Manifest Destiny: Gap, What Were You Thinking?

Full disclosure: I like The Gap. Honestly, I do. Since Theo’s birth, I’ve spent a significant portion of my time (and income) in Gap Kids, cooing over pint-sized button-down shirts, cunning little sweater vests and pastel onesies sporting adorably clever graphics. I’ve even written here before about how impressed I was that they were selling pink and purple clothing in the boys’ department....more
@bellejarblog  @fat girl blogger I'm very proud of what you did. I think it's huge.more

The Tradition of Code Talkers In the Politics of Race

This week I continue my weekly post, along with a group of bloggers around the country, on the impact of race on this year's political election leading up to a PBS documentary that will air on October 16th.  You know that I am a boomer and I fortunately have a few lifelong friends....more

Confronting Christopher Columbus

Monday ushers in Columbus Day, an event that irritates indigenous folks in North America. Particularly vexing is the well-worn trope that Columbus “discovered” the continent.   Christopher Columbus offers a convenient target for our wrath but I can think of many other individuals who have caused grief among tribal people. Columbus and the Indian Maiden by Constantino Brumidi, Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons...more
Samuel Morton classified people according to skull size in the 19th Century, placing American ...more

Mamiverse Books: A Commitment to Our Children’s Future

As a mami, Latina, and book publishing professional, I am positively thrilled to participate in the launch Mamiverse Books, and thankful to the fantastic Mamiverse team for their wholehearted cooperation and support for the effort....more

The Problem With Geisha, Pow-Wow or… Slave Fashion

If fashion trends are a reflection on what’s going on society, what does this fall’s bumper crop of designs rooted in racial stereotypes say about us? ...more
@Kathy K That is a really observant point. Yes, we live in a culture that values youth, throwing ...more

Hispanic Heritage Is American Heritage

When I met my husband, I threw myself into every part of his Mexican culture. I learned to prepare traditional foods, like mole and capriotada for special occassions. I took Spanish in college, became the director of our church's annual Hispanic fiesta and eventually began planning our wedding that included items like a lazo, cojines and arras. There were so many new things to learn, but I never felt overwhelmed or out of place....more
Wonderful post! It's so important to celebrate the heritage of those we love. The differences in ...more