Did Your Parents Talk to You About Police Brutality When You Were A Kid? There’s Now A Book For That!
Millions of Black families around the county have had to have “the talk” with their children. And no, we’re not talking about the sex talk, but the, “how to act when you’re stopped by the police” talk.
Police brutality has long been a major social issue in America, but due to social media, it’s been magnified. There are now children’s books to guide adults through talking to their kids about difficult subjects, and now there’s one for police brutality.
The book, ‘Momma, Did You Hear the News?,’ is written by former social worker, Sanya Gragg. In the book, Black children are asking their parents about real-life incidents of police brutality that have come from the headlines. Included in the book, is a mantra Gragg gives readers to use as survival for confrontations with the police.
A-always use your manners, L-listen and comply, I-in control of your emotions, V-visible hands always and E-explain everything. Basically, these are what you should do if you’re stopped by police so you can come out of the situation alive.
We all know Black children are unfortunately sometimes viewed as adults by law enforcement. This is why Gragg, 46, who is a mother of two adult sons and a three-year-old daughter, wanted to write this book.
She told the HuffPost, “The most difficult part for me is knowing my sons and yours can do everything right and still end up in a tragic situation.”
This is painfully true, and hopefully this book makes these conversations easier.