Black Parenting : What role do we play in helping our kids understand recent police killings and curbing their fears?

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    Cb_parent Member MEMBER

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    Hey everyone,

    I've been thinking about and trying to get feedback on how black parents are discussing/explaining Michael Brown, Brandon Tate, John Crawford, Antonio Martin, and the list goes on of the recent slew of police killings in America of black youth. I'm concerned about the effect that this has on their self-image, sense of security, and motivation to pursue their dreams with no reservations. I'm also concerned at the number of black parents that I talk to that barely keep up with the story so I know they are making a point to talk to their kids about it, unfortunately. How have you explained to your children and teens the "reason" that these young men were killed? How have these events flexed your parenting muscle?
     
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    Here something to help you also.

    What Black Parents Tell Their Sons About the Police
    A Tumblr quote floated over to me about around the time of Trayvon Martin's murder, from a Jonathan Lethem book that I've never read(The Fortress of Solitude). At this point, I don't really need to read it, because it's already asked me the most important question I've heard in a long time: "At what age is a black boy when he learns he's scary?"
    http://gawker.com/what-black-parents-tell-their-sons-about-the-police-1624412625
    Peace!
     
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    While this a major concern to every community and the safety of teens , young men , blacks
    I too been rivering the notion to what Black mind think of this and what can be done as well
    how to teach the children the truth of corruption and law enforcement , I do talk to every
    young man I see about how to not fear the badge but the one behind it which is often the person
    of hate , jealousy and envy while I haven't really express why those young men was killed but
    express how to stay alive out here in the street of corruption and greed.
     
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    Josh X Brown Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    As Salaam Alaikum!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I Give them the Truth.
     
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    we need to show them how to deal with the law
     
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    My children are, as they say, grown and gone, but overall, Black folk are continuing to have that conversation, even more so Cb_Parent. In fact, the kids are now part of the movement that is taking place ... Here's what I'm talking about:







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