Discussing "the talk" mothers have with their sons Live
On Monday, the Ethics Project, YWCA and Missouri History Museum held a "conversation with black mothers to white about 'the talk' with their black sons," according to the flier for the event.
Many white parents hear "the talk" and assume it means the discussion about sex.
For many black parents, the talk is completely different. It's a discussion with children about how to interact with the police. A Gawker writer describes it here. Another discussion, from a black man, is here. Another description of "the talk" (that doesn't mention that phrase) is here, from a writer for The Root.
Several people tweeted during Monday's event. The moderators were Christi Griffin, founder and president of the Ethics Project; Amy Hunter, director of racial justice for the YWCA in St. Louis; and a speaker, Leah Gunning Francis, who discussed how mothers of black boys explore issues of risk.
Leah Gunning Francis: All young black males are at risk of physical and intellectual harm #Mother2Mother @mohistorymuseum
Leah Gunning Francis: I am one of few black woman theologians writing on this topic... meta-narrative needs to be changed. #Mother2Mother
Dr. Leah Gunning Francis: Important to know the toxins that pollute our environment.#Mother2Mother @mohistorymuseum
Police are supposed to be the good guys but that's not always the case #ferguson #mother2mother #stlouis
#mother2mother #stlouis #ferguson repercussions of slavery: black parents were raising the WORKING class, white parents raising OWNING class
Kim Norwood, Wash U law prof: Before Travyon Martin, I didn't think self defense can get you killed. #Mother2Mother @mohistorymuseum
@AmHunter of @YWCASTL: This could be our opportunity to work across the color line. #Mother2Mother @mohistorymuseum
@amyhunterywca : We are all connected. #Witnessing Luke 2: Tell them what you saw and then what you heard. #Mother2Mother @mohistorymuseum
@amyhunterywca Don't want to bury any more children for any reason. This can be changing point for StL.#Mother2Mother @mohistorymuseum
@caroldanielKMOX : I always wanted to be a mother; never knew how hard it would be. #Mother2Mother @mohistorymuseum
Amy Hunter: we need to talk about teachers, who do the same things as police officers. #Mother2Mother @mohistorymuseum
@caroldanielKMOX : There are too many women who teach who are scared of the children they have. #Mother2Mother @mohistorymuseum
@caroldanielKMOX : Come with me and try to have more love. more compassion. #Mother2Mother @mohistorymuseum
THANK YOU to all the women who gave of their time tonight to share their stories, Amy A Hunter, Kimberly Tillman... http://t.co/TK9YZTlWIl
Listening to these brave women describe mothering black boys in #STL. My heart breaks for them & their children. http://t.co/Hi7yElvKX2