Short Documentary From The New York Times on Parenting in the Age of Racial Profiling by the Police

The New York Times recently published a short documentary entitled A Conversation With My Black Son in which parents reveal their struggles with telling their black sons that they may be targets of racial profiling by the police.

For generations, parents of black boys across the United States have rehearsed, dreaded and postponed “The Conversation.” But when their boys become teenagers, parents must choose whether or not to expose their sons to what it means to be a black man here. To keep him safe, they may have to tell the child they love that he risks being targeted by the police, simply because of the color of his skin. How should parents impart this information, while maintaining their child’s pride and sense of self? How does one teach a child to face dangerous racism and ask him to emerge unscathed?

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