Rhea Boyd, MD+ Your Authors @RheaBoydMD A pediatrician and hopeful participant in democracy. Trying to do the right thing by the children of the world, one day at a time. Jun. 02, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

As a pediatrician I need to say a word about “the talk.”

It is the conversation Black parents have with Black kids to try and help our children stay safe during their likely future encounter(s) with police.

It is a critical conversation.

And it is devastating.

It is critical to ensure Black children know their rights during a police encounter.

But it is devastating to begin these lessons as early as age 5, the age Black girls experience “adultification” or the perception they are older and less innocent or in need of protection.

It is critical our children learn ways to keep themselves safe during police encounters.

But it is devastating they cannot uniformly depend on the adult in the situation, the officer, to make sure they make it home to us at night.

It is critical they know how to act differently and remain vigilant when publicly socializing with non-Black friends, because their Blackness may be criminalized by police (or Amy Coopers).

But it is devastating to know this may harm their relationship to their own Blackness.

It is critical Black parents teach Black kids how to stay safe during police encounters.

And it is devastating that we, as a society, have failed to pass policies that limit police use of force, demilitarize police weapons, and remove police from schools to keep our kids safe.

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