"What in particular would you like white parents to say to their kids about racism and protests?"

Updated: Jan 22

When I was a child, my parents used to refer to certain conversations as “grown-folks business,” when they thought the topic of discussion was too mature for me. But, we talked about issues like oppression, racism and police brutality. My parents realized that my innocence and hard conversations were not mutually exclusive. Issues like oppression, racism, and police brutality, are not outright “grown-folks business,” rather realities that negatively affect everyone and would increasingly affect me if they remained silent. We had conversations not just because we were black, but because my parents saw discussing hard issues as key opportunities to teach me to think, discern right from wrong, and take action. Their model impacts how I talk to my children and how I carry myself in the world. Their model also impacted reflections I shared with a friend of mine the other day as we exchanged texts about the recent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor and the subsequent protests and unrest.

“Is there something in particular you wish your white friends were telling their kids about the current events?”