Tia Mowry Talks Raising a Black Son
Tia Mowry is often seen flossing her pearly whites or sharing her boisterous laugh in interviews or the various projects she’s working on. But there’s one thing that makes those sparkling pieces of her personality fade: raising a Black son in today’s society.
“It’s a conversation that I have with my husband all the time about, what are we going to tell Cree? What are we going to say to him so that he is not put in any circumstance with what’s going?,” she stated in an interview with VIBE.
Those questions reflect the thoughts and concerns of many mothers. Our current society is in a state of grief. Mothers are burying their sons; wives are losing their husbands; and Black boys are missing opportunities to understand the true meaning of manhood.
Throughout Tia’s interview, she spoke about her advocacy for the Black Lives Matter movement, being biracial, lessons for her son and her thoughts as to where society stands right now.
A few of the conversation highlights below.
On Black Lives Matter Movement:
“I’m a huge advocate about Black Lives Matter and for a while, I had a hard time sleeping. I really did, because I have a son who is black and who is going to be growing up in a society such as this.”
“I am happy that we do have social media where we can expose prejudices and things that are wrong, and we can create a community to have a voice.”
Lessons from a White father:
“My dad is white, and my dad used to be a police officer, and he quit. The one thing that he told me was that when a police officer pulls you over, make sure your hands are at “10 and 2,” and make sure it stays there. For my dad to tell me that, who’s White and used to be a police officer, to his Black daughter, I think it says a lot. And this was when I just started driving. This was years ago.”
A Divided Society:
“I see prejudice with not only skin color, I see prejudice with sometimes being a woman. I see prejudice with sexual preference. I see prejudice with social-economical status. I am an advocate for, why can’t we all just not focus on our differences and embrace that we are all human beings?”
Message to My Son:
“I have to tell him that you cannot give anybody any reason whatsoever, so that you are not put in that situation. You get what I’m saying? But I think what I am spotlighting is having the conversation and talking about it and saying, unfortunately, you are not, in my opinion, treated equally in a situation like that. So if you educate yourself and know that you aren’t, unfortunately, then you have to take those precautions.”
Though I don’t have any children, I understand Tia’s sentiments and fears along with my mothers and all parents who have raised or are beginning their journey into parenthood. And yes, anytime my brothers are out, a prayer is sent to the sky for their safe ventures and return.