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September 21, 2018

Emotional video of Black parents teaching kids how to deal with the police goes viral

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Video of black parents explaining how kids should talk to the police goes viral, and it’s the saddest thing ever.

A short video of colored parents and their children talking about how police see and approach black people differently gets emotional and goes viral. Four parents teach their young kids how to act and what to say if ever they are asked to be stopped or is approached by a police officer. They included stories about their personal experiences with the authorities as well. 

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A part of the clip shows a practiced explanation a black child has to say if ever stopped by a cop. An example of which is for them to say: “I’m Ariel Skye Williams. I’m eight years old. I’m unarmed, and I have nothing that will hurt you”, while a young girl's hands are raised.

One of the parents also asked her daughter, “Why would a police officer assume that you did something bad?” Her daughter replied with tears falling, “maybe because of my skin color.”

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 The video continues with the parents explicitly showing their kids what to do in that event; to put their hands out so the cops are sure they have no weapons with them.

“It is deeply disturbing that people of color must have these talks with our children. We should not have to behave any differently than anyone else. People need to realize that the police are supposed to protect and serve everyone in the community” says Lex Scott, founder of United Front Party, a civil rights Organization, and Utah’s Black Lives Matter chapter.

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Years ago, the discrimination against black people was worse, yet even until today, the discrimination exists; and it has become a sad reality that people are easily mistreated because of their skin color. 

Before the video was released, a workshop was held for dark-skinned kids to be informed and aware of how to deal with the police. The title of the workshop was “Race & the Law,” which pretty much spoke for itself.

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These are preparations and precautionary measures for black parents how are anxious and scared for what may happen when their kids have encounters with the police. One of the parents in the workshop said:

“All of these deaths, these unanswered questions about what police officers did or did not do, whether situations could have been handled a different way, have always been with us. They are, however, coming at a frequency and a velocity now that I think no parent is really prepared for.”

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