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calebthrower said:I've got a question for the forums because I know we have smart people on here and I trust/respect your opinions despite only having online interactions. My son is almost four, and as we watch news of the protests he of course is curious. He is seeing people being angry and so he naturally asks why. My wife and I have told him that a man was hurt and killed and people are upset about it. As innocently as a four year old does, he asks who and we tell him some police officers did. He thinks (as most of us were taught as children) that police are the good people and that they help. We just explain that the police made a bad decision and now they are in some trouble but not all police are like that. I'm being super intentional in trying to raise him with the understanding that some people are treated differently for things like the color of their skin and that we need to do all we can to stop that. I am trying to balance the line of truth while still being somewhat delicate as not to completely turn my son in to a cynic so early (life does that in due time). Is this the right approach? What conversation would you have/are having with your kids about this?
When my kid saw all the windows on our street being boarded up, she asked me about it. I explained to her that the people who owned the stores were worried that protesters might break the windows. She turned to me and asked, "Do we need to board up our windows?" I told her no that we were safe and didn't need to do it. She stood there and thought about it for a minute and then said, "Yeah, are windows are too high up for anyone to break." We live on the third floor. Kind of brakes your heart that your kid has to think about this stuff, that's why it's so important that we change this once and for all.
We live in South Minneapolis, near where all this has been going down. I used to work in one of the stores that got looted. Our nearest post office is the one that got burned down. It's a crazy feeling. All the windows on our street got boarded up. I just watched a convoy of military vehicles and fire trucks driving to a call.
If I didn't have a pregnant wife and small kid I'd probably be out there protesting too. People want change and truth is that non-violent protests one the years have had no effect. Let's hope that this time things will actually change.
Black people, people of color, and minority groups need a fair shake in life. As someone who is half latino, I have an easier time blending in. But I've seen injustices happen to me and my friends over the course of my life, and it's time that changed. I hope something good will come out of this tragedy.