Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian hit bookstore shelves in 2007 and people haven't stopped talking about it, or challenging it, since. The publishers synopsis says that it "chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live." It does but seems that not everyone thinks that this semi-autobiographical tale is right for the kids the same age as Alexie's 14 year old protagonist, Junior. Challenges have been attempted on the basis of offensive language, racism, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and violent.
[Update: The race-based bake sale was held as scheduled on Tuesday, along with several counter protests, including a Magical Muffins bake sale with different prices for Muggles and Wizards. --Grace]...more
I don't even know how to begin wrapping my head around a new book and website titled, Por Favor Nanny, Please Make Dinner. But maybe I just haven't walked a mile in the Tod's loafers of one of these self-described "busy moms" who need a few Spanish phrases to instruct their housekeepers how to properly wash their hands, bring home the receipts, or cook American food (really).
So I'll just let Liz Dwyer of Los Angelista do the explaining:...more
Because her brother stayed home, A and I had a nice long ride to work together today. She's been having some trouble sleeping lately. Talking about that led to talking about her dad and I, and that led to talking about relationships and being in love.
Thinking of SG and I, I offered her some of my thoughts on what I find to be important in relationships, such as choosing someone that you really like and enjoy beyond that sensational feeling of floating you get whenever you're around them, and choosing someone who really cares about you and who is kind and sweet....more
How many of you have been asked an inappropriate question about your family? You know the kind; those questions that poke the soft spot in your psyche and make you see some shade of red. My most sensitive questions are about the open adoption we have with my daughter and her family. I try not to default to irate in my responses because I know people are genuinely interested, just uneducated. Harriett at See Theo Run recently wrote about the questions she gets regarding her son and his skin color....more
[Editor's Note: September 15 - October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month. But even within the Latino community, there is a tremendous diversity of heritages and subcultures.
Seneca, a contributor to the Latino Politics Blog, does a great job of explaining the varied roots of Latino immigrants. --Grace]
For Hispanic Heritage Month: Seneca’s Notes on Latino Roots
Editor's update: Amy Goodman at Democracy Now reports that Troy Davis was executed at 11:08PM Eastern Time, after the the U.S. Supreme Court refused to stay the execution for Troy Davis about a half an hour earlier. #RIPTroyDavis was the top trending topic on Twitter following the announcement that the stay had been denied....more
We've seen some pretty odious examples of how women can be objectified because of their race, but a video that's going viral on YouTube shows just how ridiculous it can be.
Thien-Kim of I'm Not the Nanny takes a break from writing about her Asian-Black family to talk about this tongue-in-cheek video by Caitlin M. Boston called "How to Hit on an Asian Girl"....more
[Editor's Note:Diversity training in the workplace -- especially a school -- is a positive thing, right? Well, sometimes a good intentions can get executed really badly, as described by a reader who emailed to BlogHer Kelly Wickham.
In her response on Mocha Momma, Kelly describes this as the Tacos and Sombreros approach. --Grace]...more