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Codeswitch, a Podcast Tackling Race, Class and Culture

Enter the podcast that answers (almost) all of your questions about race and class.

Code Switch offers their take:

First, don’t fetishize poor cultures as being the only ‘authentic’ ones. Acknowledge that everyone is striving for upward mobility. Gene Demby of NPR says it’s a good thing if a lawyer of color moves into a low-income neighborhood – they are setting examples, too.

“There are so many ways your class can be utilized to advocate for people in those communities. Your presence there is not necessarily detrimental,” replies Demby. “My life would have been improved if I didn’t live next to an abandoned building.”

Second, do not let your class prevent you from embracing your community. If you’re a resident of privilege who’s moved into a lower-income neighborhood, engage with your neighbors.

“If you walk down the street and never speak to anybody or you’re still clutching your purse when you’re walking past a group of kids playing hopscotch, it doesn’t send a good message,” said Karen Grigsby Bates, another NPR correspondent. “But if you get to know your neighbors and you’re part of the block club and you’re helping out then I think it makes a difference.”


We look even better in person. See you tomorrow night.

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There’s a Revolution Happening in the Toy World

With the holidays fast approaching, here are a few inclusive gift ideas and a little good cheer to boot.

Toy companies are finally starting to offer more inclusive doll options. People of color and those with disabilities have been historically underrepresented in the toy aisles, so this is a big win for kids.

Studies show that poor representation in a child’s toy selection can lead to a negative psychological impact. Giving kids dolls with varied ethnicities and abilities will likely increase their capacity for empathy in real life. This makes sense.

In a society where people of color and people with varied abilities are often are pushed to the side or left out of the conversation, it’s important to give a shout out to those that are working (and playing) hard to restore balance. Here are a few companies doing great work:


This killer new startup – the first-ever line of boy dolls of color – invites all kids in on doll play. Because, honestly, who doesn’t want in on slumber parties and wild adventures in fantasyland with a mini-me. For even more details you can read our story on them.

Toy Like Me

Toy Like Me is an organization advocating for the toy industry to get more woke. They offer resources where you can get bespoke dolls made with, say, the exact birthmarks or prosthetics, that a real kid has.



Weesie Pals

Weesie pals are customizable stuffed animals with cleft lips or microtia – a congenital deformity where the ear is underdeveloped.

American Girl

Yep, that’s correct. American Girl is on it when it comes to inclusive toys. Their dolls can have crutches, allergy-free lunch sets, mini-hearing aids and pretend diabetes kids.


Dominika poses with her American Girl doll
Dominika poses with her American Girl doll, who also has a hearing aid. Photo: Kevin Irvine/NPR

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