Over the past few months, I’ve seen more discussion of the Black Lives Matter movement in the mom groups I’m in. Oftentimes, what should be open and honest conversations to help parents learn instead lead to issues in the groups. In fact, I was recently banned by a group administrator from a large Facebook mom group after posting in solidarity with Black moms in the group who were advocating for antiracism conversation to be permitted and for a Black moderator to be added.
As a member of multiple mom groups, I soon realized this problem was not exclusive to that one. Other groups were also dealing with similar issues regarding how to handle the discourse about racism, the Black Lives Matter movement, protests, and police brutality.
Instead of substantively addressing these issues, I’ve witnessed white administrators struggle with how to moderate the conversations. In some groups, I’ve seen Black members