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 “A Conversation With My Black Son” [DIRECTORS’ CUT]

A Conversation With My Black Son

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?

This Op-Doc video is our attempt to explore this quandary, by listening to a variety of parents and the different ways they handle these sensitive discussions. In bringing about more public awareness that these conversations exist, we hope that someday they won’t be necessary.

Initially presented by The New York Times.

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1 Comment

  1. Liz Bishop-Goldsmith
    December 30, 2015 @ 9:41 AM

    In this society, it is crucial that every black parent have such a conversation with their child, especially their sons. We’ve had many conversations with our sons, grandsons, nephews and other male relatives (and friends) to help prepare them for the many problems they may face in life because of the color of their skin.

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