An innocent beautiful Black child pondering his future
One day, the parents of this beautiful Black innocent child must have “The Talk.”
As Black parents know, “The Talk” has nothing to do with birds and bees. It is about surviving police encounters, being aware of your rights, and learning how to live within a complex, systemic, centuries-old framework of race-based prejudice, violence, and discrimination.
The Talk is akin to a rite of passage for many Black children, especially boys and young men. Primarily, they are taught how to behave in the presence of police to mitigate potential harm: no sudden movements, don’t question why you’re being stopped, comply with all verbal commands, never raise your voice.
The main objective is to make it home alive.
It is a discussion many Black parents consider a necessary evil, dreading the day when their children go from innocent-looking children to threats in the eyes of a historically racist society. And it is a discussion many of their white co-workers, friends, and neighbors may be ignorant about or avoid it since it does not affect them.
© 2020 Michael Lewis Global Photography, All Rights Reserved
Keywords: Austin Texas, Black Austin, blacklivesmatter, georgefloyd, icantbreathe, Michael Lewis Global Photography, nojusticenopeace, Nokoa The Observer, sayhisname
No comments posted.
Recent PostsKeiko Matsui at One World Theatre Austin, Texas 2021 Beyonce Ivy Park new Clothing Line Allyson Felix wins her 10th medal at the 2020 Summer Olympics Games in Tokyo. Warren Hill, Los Cabos Jazz Festival 2021 Novak Djokovic won his 20th Grand Slam singles Keith Sweat - HEB Cedar Park Center on Friday, June 25, 2021 Dr. Colette Burnette spoke at the "Breathe: The Fight Continues" Rally Historic Snow Storm in Austin Texas 2021 Legendary Actress Cicely Tyson Dies At 96 NAACP presented the 55th DeWitty-Overton Freedom Fund Banquet on December 5, 2020