Last Updated On April 22, 2016

 

America, America God shed his grace on thee, America, America Keep the children free -Prince

 

 

I learned this from another mother.
There is very important, maybe life saving instruction for children of color.
Marching orders.
For how to respond to law enforcement.

Another mother’s children might not be given the benefit of the doubt.
Her sweet baby’s skin carries the assumption of guilt.
So she teaches strategies to deal with (and survive) dangerous, discriminatory interactions with the police.
Just in case.

Another mother counsels her child to remain calm, don’t be reactive, keep your hands in view, make no sudden moves.
Be observant- take note of names, surroundings, and sequence of events.
Don’t try to correct injustice by yourself.
Alone.

Another mother says, “wait until I get there”
We will straighten it out together, in the light of day
With our community behind us and you out of harm’s way.
Not isolated. And vulnerable. And out of context.

My heart goes out to another mother.
These lessons sound like war time.
They sound like the passive resistance training during the civil rights movement.
How not to react to hecklers, how to be pushed and not push back, how to tolerate a fire hose blast…

This is a high expectation.
That children defy their physiology and override fight or flight.
Unlike another mother, I have the luxury of assuming my child will be protected by the police.

I don’t worry about my kid getting gunned down with a pack of Skittles in their hand.
I don’t think about how baggy my kid’s hoodie is.
I don’t wonder if my kid is with someone (white) to legitimate their presence.
To exist.

Which is completely unfair.
But I can teach my own lessons, although they don’t carry the same high stakes.
Hopefully, if we start giving better marching orders.
All of us. Not just another mother.
It will make a difference.

Psst! Check out these Black History Flash Cards from Urban Intellectuals:
https://store.urbanintellectuals.com/shop/black-history-flash-cards-vol-1-2-bundle-offer/aff/nora/

Testimonial: “I purchased Urban Intellectuals’ Black History Flashcards to educate myself. I’m a huge Drunk History fan, and this purchase is to further my knowledge in manageable bits vs. a book (of which I have several and never seem to get to). I can bring these in my purse and read them in waiting rooms!”
-Erica C.S.

 

Last Updated On April 22, 2016

 

America, America God shed his grace on thee, America, America Keep the children free -Prince

 

I learned this from another mother.
There is very important, maybe life saving instruction for children of color.
Marching orders.
For how to respond to law enforcement.

Another mother’s children might not be given the benefit of the doubt.
Her sweet baby’s skin carries the assumption of guilt.
So she teaches strategies to deal with (and survive) dangerous, discriminatory interactions with the police.
Just in case.

Another mother counsels her child to remain calm, don’t be reactive, keep your hands in view, make no sudden moves.
Be observant- take note of names, surroundings, and sequence of events.
Don’t try to correct injustice by yourself.
Alone.

Another mother says, “wait until I get there”
We will straighten it out together, in the light of day
With our community behind us and you out of harm’s way.
Not isolated. And vulnerable. And out of context.

My heart goes out to another mother.
These lessons sound like war time.
They sound like the passive resistance training during the civil rights movement.
How not to react to hecklers, how to be pushed and not push back, how to tolerate a fire hose blast…

This is a high expectation.
That children defy their physiology and override fight or flight.
Unlike another mother, I have the luxury of assuming my child will be protected by the police.

I don’t worry about my kid getting gunned down with a pack of Skittles in their hand.
I don’t think about how baggy my kid’s hoodie is.
I don’t wonder if my kid is with someone (white) to legitimate their presence.
To exist.

Which is completely unfair.
But I can teach my own lessons, although they don’t carry the same high stakes.
Hopefully, if we start giving better marching orders.
All of us. Not just another mother.
It will make a difference.

Psst! Check out these Black History Flash Cards from Urban Intellectuals:
https://store.urbanintellectuals.com/shop/black-history-flash-cards-vol-1-2-bundle-offer/aff/nora/

Testimonial: “I purchased Urban Intellectuals’ Black History Flashcards to educate myself. I’m a huge Drunk History fan, and this purchase is to further my knowledge in manageable bits vs. a book (of which I have several and never seem to get to). I can bring these in my purse and read them in waiting rooms!”
-Erica C.S.

Last Updated On April 22, 2016

America, America God shed his grace on thee, America, America Keep the children free -Prince

I learned this from another mother.
There is very important, maybe life saving instruction for children of color.
Marching orders.
For how to respond to law enforcement.

Another mother’s children might not be given the benefit of the doubt.
Her sweet baby’s skin carries the assumption of guilt.
So she teaches strategies to deal with (and survive) dangerous, discriminatory interactions with the police.
Just in case.

Another mother counsels her child to remain calm, don’t be reactive, keep your hands in view, make no sudden moves.
Be observant- take note of names, surroundings, and sequence of events.
Don’t try to correct injustice by yourself.
Alone.

Another mother says, “wait until I get there”
We will straighten it out together, in the light of day
With our community behind us and you out of harm’s way.
Not isolated. And vulnerable. And out of context.

My heart goes out to another mother.
These lessons sound like war time.
They sound like the passive resistance training during the civil rights movement.
How not to react to hecklers, how to be pushed and not push back, how to tolerate a fire hose blast…

This is a high expectation.
That children defy their physiology and override fight or flight.
Unlike another mother, I have the luxury of assuming my child will be protected by the police.

I don’t worry about my kid getting gunned down with a pack of Skittles in their hand.
I don’t think about how baggy my kid’s hoodie is.
I don’t wonder if my kid is with someone (white) to legitimate their presence.
To exist.

Which is completely unfair.
But I can teach my own lessons, although they don’t carry the same high stakes.
Hopefully, if we start giving better marching orders.
All of us. Not just another mother.
It will make a difference.

Psst! Check out these Black History Flash Cards from Urban Intellectuals:
https://store.urbanintellectuals.com/shop/black-history-flash-cards-vol-1-2-bundle-offer/aff/nora/

Testimonial: “I purchased Urban Intellectuals’ Black History Flashcards to educate myself. I’m a huge Drunk History fan, and this purchase is to further my knowledge in manageable bits vs. a book (of which I have several and never seem to get to). I can bring these in my purse and read them in waiting rooms!”
-Erica C.S.