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Anti-Racist Mothering

  • By: Camille Wilson Cooper
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

Anti-racist mothering is an approach to childrearing used to combat the racial oppression of children by imparting in them a healthy self-esteem, a positive sense of racial/cultural identity, an awareness of societal racism, and strategies for resisting racism. Mothers employ this practice to help their children survive and prosper emotionally, psychologically, and physically despite any racial bias they encounter. Anti-racist mothering can also entail teaching children to accept, respect, and be open minded toward people who are racially and culturally different from them so they do not form racist ideologies or socially reproduce discriminatory practices. In addition, anti-racist mothering strategies can be used to care for women's biological or nonbiological children, and it can also be community based.

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