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Our Human Family

My Daughter’s — and My — Mary Poppins Moment

Questions of racial identity and parental inadequacies

Photo by Edu Lauton on Unsplash

When my middle child was three years old, she and I watched the Walt Disney movie Mary Poppins one day. During a close-up of fair-skinned, light-eyed Julie Andrews, my brown-skinned, brown-eyed daughter turned to me and said, “You look like Mary Poppins. Why don’t I look like Mary Poppins?”

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​Our Human Family celebrates the inherent value of all human beings by fostering conversations on racial equity, allyship, inclusion, antiracism, and equality.

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Karen DeGroot Carter

Karen DeGroot Carter

Bylines in Publishers Weekly, The Writing Cooperative, others. One Sister’s Song (novel). Not Nearly Everything You Need to Know About Writing (ebook).

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