We launched the EmbraceRaceblog in April 2016 as a home for your stories, thoughts, questions, or concerns. If you’re interested in writing for EmbraceRace, here’re some bits to consider.
(1) Race is our starting point.EmbraceRace is about supporting each other to raise kids who are thoughtful, informed, and brave about race. To do that work well, we have to be willing to explore our own attitudes toward and experiences of race. Course, pieces about race and kids are our sweetest of sweet spots, and we also love writing about race and gender/class/religion/disability, and so on.
(2) This blog isn’t about expertise. We love people who have insights the rest of us don’t have. But the whole idea of EmbraceRace is that very few of us can claim real expertise at this stuff. Still, whether you’re a parent, teacher, mentor, grandparent, aunt or uncle, big sister or brother, babysitter, daycare provider, coach, whatever, you’re playing a meaningful role in a kid’s life. Blog from that place. Speak your piece!
(3) Be as thoughtful and honest as possible. Not many of us are going bare everything we think and feel about kids, parenting, and race on a blog site if doing so risks hurting people we care about. We get it. But being as honest and thoughtful as you can be about your experiences and thinking — not relying on cliches or received wisdom — will be most helpful to you and your readers. Prefer to post anonymously? We can do that!
(4) Write about something you care about. This as an opportunity to explore new territory. Go for it. It can be just you and your computer. Or you interviewing your kids. Or interviewing your parents about that thing that happened in 8th grade. It could be a series of response posts between you and whomever. Or a few people each offering her take on the same question or topic. Who knows? Have fun with it- and we’re always happy to talk over your ideas before you get started.
(5) Format and logistics. Our blog pieces have varied from under 400 words to more than 6,000; 1000–1500 is pretty typical. We’ve had solo-authored pieces, interviews, thematic series (e.g., homeschooling and race, multiracial identity, having differently-raced siblings), advice pieces and tipsheets, and more, and are open to new formats.
Check out the blog to get a feel for it, then drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and to share the idea you might want to blog about. If we run with it you’ll work with an editor on content, formatting, titles, pictures, etc.