My sis @a_jazzy_1 (aka my best friend little sister) told me this book was a MUST READ as a mother of two brown boys (one of which loves to wear hoodies) - and it is! I have been asked on several occasions if I really fear raising my boys in today’s climate. This book is for anyone who sincerely questions why when I answer HELL YES. “As terror was communicated to our children, I saw mastery communicated to theirs” “I came to see the streets and the schools as arms of the same beast... schools did not reveal truth, they concealed them”
If either of these quotes spark your attention, you also just might want to purchase this book which is perfectly curated letter to @tanehisipcoates son.
Key Takeaways: (1) Why was it normal for my father, like all the parents I knew, to reach for his belt? 🔑Black people love their children with a kind of obsession. You are all we have and you come to us endangered. I think we would like to kill you ourselves before seeing you killed by the streets that America made. (2)You must be responsible for the worst actions of other black bodies, which somehow, will always be assigned to you. 🔑The crews walk the blocks of their neighborhood, loud and rude, because it was only through their loud rudeness that they might feel any sense of security and power (3) All my life I’d heard people tell their black boys and black girls to “be twice as good” which is to say “accept half as much” 🔑”Good intentions” is a hall pass through history (4) The dream seemed to be the pinnacle; to grow rich and live in one of those disconnected houses out in the country, in one of those small communities 🔑The unconscious dream of acting white, of talking white, of being white. (5)This officer, given maximum power, bare minimum responsibility 🔑To yell black on black crime is to shoot a man and blame him for bleeding - 39 minutes ago