kimberly seals allers
It's been really bothering me that a large and still-growing group of white women has built a successful blogging and publishing platform and branding niche around parenting while drunk (or at least very tipsy).
At the BET Awards when Chris Brown broke into the worst dramatic rendition of "Please forgive me; look how sorry I am" -- complete with falling to the knees -- I had to double-check at one point to see if I had somehow accidentally switched over to the Daytime Emmy Awards, where you usually see such histrionics.
Despite every mom's best efforts, there will inevitably be those moments where you say to yourself, "Um, where did I go wrong?"
For some time, I've been distressed about the double whammy facing black women. Our babies have the highest rates of low birth-weight and infant mortality, and we have the highest rates of heart disease and detectable cancers.
I have a serious gripe about the childhood experience in the new millennium: It's absolutely and completely devoid of innocence. In fact, the concept of innocence as a basic right of childhood has disappeared. Whatever happened to the good ol' days when children were allowed to be children?
When the faculty and PTA at my daughter's school announced that the annual Field Day event would have a Civil War theme, with the students -- even the kindergartners -- playing on either Confederate or Union teams, I was ticked. What were they thinking?
I'm sorry, where exactly are all the people who vehemently declared after President Obama's election that we were living in a post-racial America? Please stand up. Seriously.