Cover Photo: photo courtesy of the author
photo courtesy of the author

Two Black Parents Walk Into a Meeting: On Race, Education, and Our Son’s IEP

I’m not just advocating for a child whose challenges don’t follow a script. I’m also a black mother advocating for my black son in a room full of people who don’t look like us.

That appointment, three months ago now, confirmed a shift for us—away from the search for medical answers. We can monitor Tophs’s blood sugar levels and keep an eye on his growth. We can check his enzyme levels with a blood draw or X-ray his bones to determine their age. But our focus now centers on his developmental and educational needs.



Okay,their game, their rules.



Can you imagine if that had been a brutha? They would have taken a white man to Burger King. talk


Taylor Harris is a writer living in Virginia. Her work has been featured in The Washington Post, Longreads, The Cut, McSweeney’s, and other publications. Her memoir about mothering a son with an unexplainable medical condition is forthcoming from Catapult.