Hump Day Open Thread

May 14, 2014

What’s up?

I am by no means a Kim Kardashian fan — I’ve never seen an episode of her show, and DH and I mercilessly give our niece grief for watching. But I appreciated her beautiful words — yes, hers — on motherhood and how it’s made her more aware of racism and the injustices of discrimination.

I feel a responsibility as a mother, a public figure, a human being, to do what I can to make sure that not only my child, but all children, don’t have to grow up in a world where they are judged by the color of their skin, or their gender, or their sexual orientation. I want my daughter growing up in a world where love for one another is the most important thing.

So the first step I’m taking is to stop pretending like this isn’t my issue or my problem, because it is, it’s everyone’s…because the California teenager who was harassed and killed by his classmates for being gay, the teenage blogger in Pakistan who was shot on her school bus for speaking out in favor of women’s rights, the boy in Florida who was wrongly accused of committing a crime and ultimately killed because of the color of his skin, they are all someone’s son and someone’s daughter and it is our responsibility to give them a voice and speak out for those who can’t and hopefully in the process, ensure that hate is something our children never have to see.

It’s always surprised me when people stereotype moms as “not politically active” or only interested in their children and nothing else in the world. I feel like I had a political and spiritual re-awakening after children. What do you all think?

In health news: Did you have preeclampsia during pregnancy? It is Preeclampsia Awareness Month, and MomsRising is hosting a #WellnessWed twitter chat today at 2pmET. Please join me — and RT!

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?