Living everyday as a parent of young black boys, life is always filled with a mix of emotions. Life can feel like it’s you against the world at times. Life can have you on edge throughout the day wondering if your son is ok. Also, life can have you feeling excited at the simple fact that your son is home, safe, and that no one can hurt them. As a parent, it is our job to protect, teach, provide, and defend. It is our job to talk to our children and influence them more than those outside of our home. We know that we are capable of doing just that but our sons have to put in some work as well, and they are never too young to learn.
I sat down with my oldest son and we came up with a pledge. Not a pledge that only he should follow, and what he can teach his younger brother as he follows in his footsteps, but a pledge that could help all of his brothers around the world grow in a positive direction. The racist society we live in keeps black boys from being boys and growing into men. But we must teach them, that by living by this pledge, they will become untouchable. They will continue to rise to become the dominate kings that they are destined to be. So we hope this helps you, just as much as it helps us.
Racism and discrimination has played a major role in the every day lives of minorities. It is not racist to speak on black lives that matter, it is not racist to target black boys for this book because I am a mother of black children. I can’t speak for others, but I can stand up and support my own, speaking life into not only my children, but others like my children who have to live in a society where they face mental, emotional, and physical challenges because of what they look like. It is necessary, as a parent, to be their number one supporter. Black, white, brown, we must guide our children, and I will do just that.