Day 1

Here I go.

Sweet, happy toddler
When does he become a threat?
Black boy or black man

Some version of this thought occurred to me in haiku form while I was walking my son to day care earlier this week. We have all seen how violent things can turn when white America views a black person as a threat. In Cleveland we saw that can happen with a black person as young as twelve. I know from other mothers of black boys that they have to have conversations with their sons about racism and how to do their best to not make white people afraid of them younger than that.

Right now, my son is two years and eight months. Right now, he has no racial identity or gender identity. Right now he is happy, adorable, and perceived as cute by all. When will that change?

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~ by realsupergirl on January 1, 2015.

2 Responses to “Day 1”

  1. This American Life had a story the other day about how black kids in pre-school are more likely to be suspended for the same behaviour as their pastier peers. It’s tragic how young children start being treated unfairly.

  2. Indeed it is tragic. And infuriating. And scary.

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