By Basia Alicia Powell
The racial pandemic in America, and around the world,has sparked many discussions and massive protests, resulting in some sweeping reform. My husband and I have been forced out of our comfort zone, as we engage our 16 year old black son in an uncomfortable discussion on racism. He was raised with “race esteem”, but no part of our parenting taught him or his brother to hate another person based on race or color of their skins.
We recognize that the same courtesy will not be extended to him by all persons from other races. What do we do about that? We have the talk about race . This talk goes beyond topics like, “What do you do when you are stopped by the police?” ” You are free to marry whoever you love.” However, when it gets to the point that you can be killed within seconds for just being black, all bets are off, and we must have a more vulnerable discussion with our black and brown sons. We also owe it to them to take legal action and seek reform, in order to ensure real change and secure a better future for them.
Racism exists in many countries, but it does not result in murder. It is “kitchen table talk” for some.This does not make it right. My husband and I do not wish to be a part of any type of racism. We believe that “love will drive out hate”. Anyone who believes otherwise will stand the consequence, as, “Karma knows everyone‘s address.”
Like many other young black men in America, our son is confused, but he is not discouraged by the assassination of young black men taking place in America. I am encouraged that while he is aware of the rampant racial injustices taking place, he still feels confident in his blackness and optimistic about his future.
In light of the current racial climate, my husband and I decided to have a conversation with our confident, “well brought up” black son on camera. We feel it is important to note that all black men and women are targets, despite your zip code and affluence. We are committed to making sure that America and the world at large makes a swift change, and ensure that #blacklivesmatter. And when we finally recognize that #blacklivesmatter, then we would not have to argue about whether #Alllivesmatter, because blacks would now be included, and parents like us, would not have to be afraid when the cops stop ours sons while driving.
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