The McGlynn: This Op Ed is right on. It would be well also to have an Op Ed, the subject of which would be conversations non-black parents should be having with their non-black sons about white privilege. About standing in solidarity with black friends, classmates, neighbors and fellow human beings. About conversations that black parents have with black daughters, who are also hassled by police and subject to sexual harassment and violence by cops and other adults. We should all participate in making sure that our youth are aware of these critically important issues, and to stand in solidarity to end racism and to ensure that police show appropriate restraint and respect to all humans.
Is The McGlynn preaching above? You are damn right I am!
In this short documentary, parents reveal their struggles with telling their black sons that they may be targets of racial profiling by the police. By Geeta Gandbhir and Blair Foster
By GEETA GANDBHIR and BLAIR FOSTER.
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.
We intend “A Conversation With My Black Son” to be the first in a series of videos that will foster discussions about the state of race relations in America.
Geeta Gandbhir is an editor and filmmaker whose work has won two Emmy Awards. She recently co-directed the film “Remembering the Artist Robert De Niro, Senior.” Blair Foster is an Emmy Award-winning producer whose films include “Taxi to the Dark Side” and “Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown.”