How Do You Explain America To Your Black Sons (And Daughters)?

Black parents everywhere are struggling. The world we live in is changing, and a lot of people would say that’s it’s changing for the worse. Racism, sexism, ableism, and all other bad isms you can name tend to be on the rise. A black male teenager is 21 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than his white counterpart. A man who’s been openly endorsed by the KKK is going to be president in less than three weeks.

So what’s a Black parent to do? How do you cope with that terror yourself as a parent, let alone convey to your child that things will be OK? The fear can be paralyzing, but it’s a conversations that needs to be had.

Vann R. Newkirk is a writer for The Atlantic and in this short video he addresses the topic.  It’s not all bad. Black people are awesome. Black culture is awesome. Black people are survivors. That’s who we are.

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