Conversations that we should not need to have

Proctor and Gamble released a video called “The Talk.” We all know about “the talk” about the birds and the bees but “the talk” in this video centers around “the talk” that minorities have to have with their children.

As expected, this video has triggered the authoritarian right snowflakes who have denounced the video as being racist and promoting division. The reaction by the authoritarian right is venomous and in some cases racist (have a look at the comments on the video for examples).

With all of the cases where unarmed black people have been shot by police officers, it is becoming more difficult to just dismiss the shootings as being justified. Philando Castille was shot right after he informed the officer that he had a gun despite the fact that he was a licensed to carry that gun. His killer got away with murder because he was a cop and “was afraid for his life.”

Terence Crutcher was gunned down while he had his hands up while standing next to his stalled car. The officer who fired claimed the victim was reaching into the car. The blood on the driver side window proved that claim to be a lie. Again, the murderer was not punished because she “was afraid for her life.”

Then there was Charles Kinsey, a caretaker for an autistic man, who was shot while lying on the ground with his hands up in the air. He was calmly trying to explain the situation when it happened. Again, no consequences for the shooter.

This raises a question, will I need to give “the talk” to my boys especially Little J whose ethnicity is quite apparent. This is the world we live in where we have to have conversations that should not be necessary. With Mr. Trump at the helm, things are going to become worse as the authoritarian right further consolidates its power.

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  1. Yes, you will have to give the talk to your little one. I am biracial but look “white” I remember my grandmother telling me how easy it would be to “pass” and that she didn’t need to warn me the way she did the cousins. I remember listening in on those conversations. I prayed families would never have to give “the talk” in the 2000’s. It’s a darned shame, but the racism is worse now than it was when Granny G gave us her talk.

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