#Ferguson #Cleveland #ENOUGH

From one city to the next, the tearful 2013, letter written to my son sadly needs no revision other than replacing Trayvon’s name with Michael or Tamir (Mr. Garner at the time of this posting). Chaz turned eleven on 11/22 – he is taller, smarter, and has a deeper voice that’s not afraid to say what needs to be said. “Another one??? I’m scared”, he remarks with an incredulous look on his face.

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The fact is that lately he voices these sentiments too often. He has already felt the glare of a police officer while walking arm and arm with me. Even though his grandfather was a well respected NYC cop, how will the realities and the outcomes of the unspeakable manifest in Chaz? In all of us? What does it say about who we are as human beings? Enough is enough. As parents and schools it’s time to speak truth to power and encourage our children to positively manifest actions that can change a destructive system within policing. It’s possible. It is possible because our children go to schools that make things possible, not just with academics but with ideas of social change.

This week SOCS (Student of Color Society), a lower school affinity group at Riverdale, engaged K-5 students in dialogue and ideas of action regarding the traumatic phenomenon we are experiencing. How is your school addressing this national crisis? What about your family? To begin, consider how we can personally heal from the past and current traumas of a Ferguson & Cleveland, by listening to RIISE’s Delia Farquharson, LCSW & Life Coach who dedicated her recent blog radio talk show, Discussion with Delia Farquharson to healing from the trauma and restoring trust.

 How are you advocating for young men of color?

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2 Comments

  1. Ebony Tyler
    Posted December 7, 2014 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    I received a text from another Indy mom asking what is the conversation I’m having with my sons. We started talking about what could we do to empower our sons and we decided to meet later that evening (Thursday) at Folley Square. The energy from the protest made the boys feel that they where taking a stand against injustice. I still don’t know exactly what to say to them about what the next steps are, but I feel the need to have them participate in civil disobedience.

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