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More of America's young kids are now minorities than whites
(which may make us reconsider the term "minorities"), so it's not surprising
that many of the 2015 news stories we won't forget centered around race and
Here's a look back at the
topics that got parents talking during the past 12 months:
audiences saw some fresh faces on the silver screen with the February premiere
of "Fresh Off the Boat." The ABC sitcom
about a rap-obsessed Taiwanese American kid and his quirky family is the first Asian American
family show since Margaret Cho's short-lived "All American Girl" 20 years ago. This fall, the sitcom "Dr. Ken," also on ABC, brought a Korean-Japanese American family to
2. Baltimore Mom
you were cheering her on or saddened by the sight, who can forget the viral
video of Toya Graham? She was the Baltimore mother seen dragging her
hoodie-clad 16-year-old son away from the scene of a Baltimore protest against
police brutality against black people, after the death of Freddie Gray.
3. Black Lives Matter
While the hashtag was born in 2013 from the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen, Black Lives Matter became a powerful political force in 2015. "Groups that embraced the slogan hounded police chiefs from their jobs, won landmark prosecutions and turned college campuses into cauldrons of social ferment," read a recent TIME Person of the Year article honoring the civil rights movement.
4. Ta-Nehisi Coates' "Between the World and Me"
happens when one of the most talented and articulate African American thinkers
writes a 176 page letter to his 15-year-old son in the form of a memoir? People
can't put it down. The book launched to the top of the New York Times bestseller list for months. The
publishing world agrees, and in November, Coates won the National Book Award in
5. "Anchor Babies"
To hear Donald Trump tell it during the August Republican
presidential debates, one might think there are legions of pregnant women
crouching just on the other side of the border waiting to give birth. Jeb Bush
agrees—sort of. The former Florida governor, whose wife is Hispanic, later tried to distance himself from his anchor
baby comments, saying he was really referring to Asian mothers. Because that's
totally OK (sarcasm alert: it's actually not OK).
6. Taye Diggs' mixed-race kids
The actor turned Twitter-phenom thinks his kids should call themselves "mixed," not "black"—after all, their mom is
white. He even thinks President Obama should be considered the first "mixed" president,
rather than the first black president. Incidentally, Diggs was promoting his
new children's picture book "Mixed Me!"
Many African Americans on social media were not amused, prompting debates about
how multiracial identity is perceived in the U.S. and whether parents should be
prescribing how their very young children identify.
7. Teen's clock
No one can forget about Ahmed Mohamed, the teen who got arrested and was suspended for bringing a clock to school that looked like a bomb in September. Supporters took to social media with the trending hashtag,#IStandWithAhmed, with a strong number of people blaming discrimination because of Ahmed's religion or skin color.
Even when kids fly the nest to go to college, parents can't
escape thinking about how race impacts their lives. From the student protests
over administration indifference to campus racism at University of Missouri and
Yale to the Supreme Court hearings over affirmative action policies, it seems
that the discussions about race, culture and equity are only going to continue
as today's diverse toddlers grow up.