Books to spur your antiracist learning, and your family’s.

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Yesterday, a member of the Minneapolis Police Department kneeled on George Floyd’s neck until he choked to death while three officers stood by. The pattern that followed — and yes, it is a pattern — is familiar. A protest planned via social media. Twitter and Instagram posts about racism and social justice. A public gathering that began as peaceful, this time with masks and social distancing in play, and ended with rubber bullets, tear gas, a ransacked police department, and a stand-off between cops and rioters involving a makeshift barricade made of shopping carts in a Target parking lot.

To…


On fierce friendship in the face of loss

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My favorite book by Bell Hooks is in my friend Kjersten’s house, I think. We’d spent a Friday afternoon in my kitchen with fellow mom friends, our circle’s version of Happy Hour, discussing love, grief, loss, and healing, our children tossing a football around outside. I mentioned my love for Hooks and her writing on such topics, and Kjersten expressed interest. I told her Hooks’ words changed how I approached my most meaningful relationships, helped me understand past communication breakdowns. …


Fellow white parents, I’m talking to you

A photo of a mom reading a book to her child sitting in her lap.
A photo of a mom reading a book to her child sitting in her lap.
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Over the past week, I’ve heard from countless white parents like me who are ready to talk to their kids about racism. This suggests that many have been avoiding the discussion for far too long.

I am an educator and loud advocate for racially conscious reading. I believe that books are a great place to start in helping kids learn about our biases, internalized beliefs, and role in inequitable systems. But it’s not enough to buy books with some “diverse” faces on the cover and call your work done. If you’re ready to talk to your kids about racism, whether…


On the Dangers of Naming Ourselves Woke White Teachers

The first time I garnered credit for fighting racism, I was fifteen. On the heels of a racially-charged, violent attack/conflict/atrocity that is not my story to tell, I was part of a group of students that came together to plan a way to address the racism in our school. We brainstormed as a group and went classroom to classroom speaking to our peers in our 95%+ white junior high in Minnesota. The day we made our visits, I learned about the ugly, overt prejudice and hate held by my fellow freshmen — people I’d known my entire life and considered…

Laurie Hahn Ganser

Queen of the momselfie. Champion of the written word. Official member of the Sad Girls Club. Published by Huffington Post, Shakesville, and Herstry.

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