Hillary Clinton, Implicit Bias and Why We’re All Racists

Hillary Clinton, Implicit Bias and Why We’re All Racists

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Did you watch the debates last night? I did. I laughed, I cried, I threw my slipper at the TV. Overall, I thought Hillary Clinton did a fine job pretending she was actually in a presidential debate rather than the shit show she was forced to endure with Trump and his kindergarten bully tactics and Lester Holt’s inability to shut Trump down every time he went down a rambling rabbit hole of nonsense. But there was a really good point that Hillary Clinton made that I’m sure…

Is Calling an Asian Woman a ‘Tiger Mom’ Racist?

Is Calling an Asian Woman a ‘Tiger Mom’ Racist?

Hi Meltingpot Readers, I’d like you to weigh in on this for me. An Asian friend of mine recently had an incident at work where she made a comment about some trouble her children were having at summer camp and a White co-worker called her a “Tiger Mom” as a joke. My friend was furious and hurt. Not only does she find the term racist, but it effectively diminished her ability to “parent in public.” The worst part is, she’d already schooled her co-workers on a previous occasion as to…

And Speaking of Books…Same Family, Different Colors is Almost Here!

And Speaking of Books…Same Family, Different Colors is Almost Here!

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Remember way back in May 2014, when I announced that I’d gotten a new book deal and I would be writing a book about skin color politics in diverse communities? Well Ms. Meltingpot has been chugging along and things are moving so quickly, I can hardly believe it. The book is now officially titled, Same Family, Different Colors: Confronting Colorism in American’s Diverse Families. Beacon Press will be releasing the book on October 4, 2016. And, guess what? The cover has just been finalized and you can…

Dear Black People: An Open Letter to the Black Families on Philly’s Main Line

Dear Black People: An Open Letter to the Black Families on Philly’s Main Line

Dear Black People on the Main Line, No, not all the Black people. I’m sure some of you are super happy there and if you are, please feel free to completely disregard everything I’m about to say. I’m actually talking to the Friday family that was profiled in the depressing and disheartening story in the December issue of Philadelphia magazine, titled “Racial Profiling on the Main Line.” And while this letter was inspired by the Fridays, I know there are other families like them dealing with the same, ugly, race-based…

#TeamLightSkin vs #TeamDarkSkin Take it to the Beach

#TeamLightSkin vs #TeamDarkSkin Take it to the Beach

Hello Meltingpot Readers, If you’re regulars here, then you know I’m working on a book called Same Family, Different Colors that explores colorism in the United States. I’ve been working on the book for quite a while now, and have been completely immersed in the world of colorism, so much so, I didn’t think anything could shock me when it came to color-based discrimination. But I was wrong. A colleague told me today about a case of the color wars that had me shaking my head and sucking my teeth….

The “PeanutizeMe” Game Works for Families with Different Colors

The “PeanutizeMe” Game Works for Families with Different Colors

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Because you need something else to procrastinate with online, I offer up the opportunity to turn yourself into a Peanuts character. Yes, this is just some slick promotion for the upcoming Peanuts movie, hitting theaters on November 6, but I’m willing to overlook the obvious publicity play. Why? Because it’s so fun AND because whoever works in the marketing department over there at Peanuts headquarters understands that both Peanuts and people come in different skin colors and have different hair textures. It sounds so simple, but it…

Passing While Black: Black Man Becomes the Indian Liberace?!

Passing While Black: Black Man Becomes the Indian Liberace?!

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Last week The New Republic posted this fascinating story about the famous Indian singer Korla Pandit. Known as the “Godfather of Exotica,” he had his own TV show that ran in the 1950s and had an impressive recording career as well. He was rich, married –to a White woman – and accepted in Hollywood as, well, an acceptable exotic. The only thing was, Korla wasn’t what he seemed. From the New Republic: ” Like most everything in Hollywood, it was all smoke and mirrors. His charade wasn’t…

Mixie History in Maine: Malaga Island

Mixie History in Maine: Malaga Island

Hello Meltingpot Readers, I hope everyone had a colorful Fourth of July, if that’s your thing. I spent a lovely weekend celebrating a whole bunch of family achievements, from engagements to college graduations. We were in Buffalo, New York for the weekend, so we also took a moment to visit Niagara Falls. That was gorgeous. It’s because we were on the road that this post is coming to you two days late and I apologize. I know many of you show up here on Monday morning looking for tasty new…