I’ve heard many parents ask, how do I talk to my kids about racism–well sometimes it isn’t the parents leading the discussion. In this candid convos with my kid while cooking dinner, my step daughter and I were just talking as usual–she calls it “History 101” learning about “Racism” and “Stereotypes” and the discussion turned to recent murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. I didn’t know that she had a seen the videos of the murders (ones that I couldn’t bring myself to watch). In about ten minutes we explored stereotypes of good cop/bad cop, “bad” black folks; we discussed how to recover and heal from that trauma; and we discussed what parenting for liberation means—-all while preparing dinner. I’m not sure I handled every question right–but I’m practicing parenting for liberation. I invite you to join me.

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