When people mention “the talk,” it often brings to mind the “sex talk,” however, for parents all across the U.S. who have black children, there’s another talk they must give — one that deals with race.
In a video titled, “Dear Child” created by the Jubilee Project, they asked parents to give the talk that they must have with their black children about race on camera.
One woman explains why they must have this particular discussion, “The reason we have to have this talk is because you are a black child in America.”
Within the video, parents discuss police brutality and mention the names of young black men and women who have lost their lives due to it. Such a talk is relevant in the U.S. as the Washington Post reported that 258 black people were killed by police in 2015, while Mapping Police Violence noted that 102 of those people were unarmed — that’s 2 unarmed black people killed per week by police. As of September of 2016, 173 African Americans had been killed by police.
One mom says, “I need you to always be prepared and always be on your guard,” she said. “It takes away from you being a little kid I know, but I’m trying to protect you right now.”
In this video, parents tell their children that if they are approached by police to stay calm.
“Don’t fight back, don’t give any rebuttals,” says one father, “You have to understand, if you want to stay alive, you have to do what they say –”
“Because it can be the difference in me seeing you again, and not seeing you again,” finishes another dad.
And despite doing all of that, parents let their children know that it might not be enough.
“Sad to say, sometimes that might not even work, I’m just going to be honest,” one mother said. “It might not work at all.”
The video is also meant to uplift black children of America. The parents tell their children that they are worthy of being great, of having a future. They remind their black children that they are beautiful and that they can change the world.
Whether you have a black child or not — this video is a great reminder for all parents to have a talk of some sort or another with their children on race, society, and police brutality. As the saying goes, “Children are our future.” And we’ve got to remember they can only change our future for the better, if we educate them.
Watch the video below: