A Mother And Son Have A Kitchen Conversation No Parent Should Have To Have With Their Child

Every day in America, some parents have conversations with their children about how to act around the police. These are not fun conversations. They're primers on how to survive a world that's openly hostile to your sense of dignity. They're instructions on how to keep your composure in the face of goading contempt. And they're daily reminders that you're living in a world that's not built for you.

Update: Since this video was produced, a lot of things have happened in the stop-and-frisk case in New York City. A good recap is available here. Unfortunately, regardless of how this particular case gets resolved, many parents all over the country (from Atlanta to Oakland) are still going to have to have these types of conversations with their children. Consider clicking the buttons below if you believe we should all think long and hard about how to change that.

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